More than 1000 volunteers are wanted to help at the 2019 Solheim Cup, which is being held at Gleneagles.
The programme will encourage women and young people in particular to volunteer for the 2019 Solheim Cup as well as allowing both golfers and non-golfers to get involved and get the most out of the experience.
This builds on the ambition of creating the most inclusive Solheim Cup to date when it is hosted at Gleneagles in Perthshire from 9-15 September 2019.
The Solheim Cup is a biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition features the best European players from the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the best US players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour.
A volunteer support pot will also be in place to help some volunteers should they need extra help to participate in the volunteer experience.
Anyone interested can volunteer in a variety of areas including marshals, scoring, transport, administration and television, where they will have the opportunity to learn about the event and support Organisers delivering the Solheim Cup.
Interest is anticipated from across Scotland, the UK, Europe and the US and is expected to exceed demand so selection is not guaranteed.
Aileen Campbell MSP, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Public Health and Sport, said: ‘I am delighted that the Volunteer Programme is being launched for The 2019 Solheim Cup and that it will offer opportunities for those both with and without prior experience of the sport as well as focussing on women and young people.
‘I hope that those who have no previous experience of golf are inspired by the event to be further involved in the game as well as leaving behind a greatly enhanced pool of people with the skills to support future major events in Scotland.
‘I look forward to Solheim Cup volunteers helping to provide a warm Scottish welcome to spectators at Gleneagles in 2019.”
Recently appointed European Captain and VisitScotland Ambassador, Catriona Matthew, is looking to return the trophy to Europe in 2019 after an inspired USA team retained their trophy by 16 ½ to 11 ½ points, in front of record crowds in Iowa.
She added: ‘Volunteers are one of the most important parts of any golfing event we play in. The pride our Scottish volunteers will take in ensuring visitors and fans experience the very best of Scottish hospitality will be our secret weapon.’
The 2019 Solheim Cup will not only showcase the stunning assets of Scotland, the Home of Golf, but also build on the legacy of the successful 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. It will underline that Scotland is the perfect stage for major golf events as it seeks to help inspire a new generation of children to take up the game invented in their home country.
Full details of the volunteering opportunities are available on the website. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is invited to register their interest by signing up HERE as soon as possible.