Nazen uses volunteering days to support Commonwealth Games

Topic People

Date 28 Jul 2022

Galliford Try Project Manager Nazen Smith is volunteering for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and will join 13,000 volunteers, known as the Commonwealth Collective, to oversee the running of the games over the 11 days of the event, taking place from today, 28 July.

There will be 286 sessions of sport with competitors from 72 nations and territories taking part. This year, the event will focus on diversity, improving health and wellbeing, and driving sustainable growth.

Sustainability is core to the Galliford Try vision and recognising the impact work can have on local communities, the company offers all employees two days of paid volunteering time in a year a year to make a positive impact in the communities where we work.

Nazen was chosen to support the Games following an application and interview process earlier this year and has since attended a training session in the newly refurbished Alexander Stadium.

Nazen commented: “When I received the initial email outlining the volunteering opportunities via the Athletics Club where I am a Coach & Field Official, and sometimes an athlete (!), I knew I could not miss the chance of being on the track during these amazing games, as it is practically on my doorstep. I am immensely proud to be able to do my bit to support the Birmingham Games, although the expected global TV audience of 1.5 billion is a bit daunting!”

At the Alexander Stadium, Nazen’s role is on the ‘Field of Play’ where she will be assisting the athletics and para-athletics teams and technical officials with the control and movement of sports equipment, ensuring the field of play is set up correctly prior and during all sport activity.

Nazen added: “The volunteering scheme is a great way to support communities and I would like to thank Galliford Try for supporting me and other individuals by allowing us paid time away from work to support the causes we care for.”