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Glasgow 2014 Volunteer name and first Games Time volunteer roles offered

Volunteers for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be known as the Clyde-siders, it was revealed today (Monday, 7 October).

On the day when the first group of successful applicants learned what role they will have at the Games, they also discovered what they would be collectively known as.

The name 'Clyde-siders' was chosen by the Glasgow 2014 frontrunners, the pre-Games volunteers who conducted all of the volunteer interviews.

Glasgow 2014 received a record-breaking 50,811 applications for up to 15,000 volunteer roles with the first offers going out to people for those roles where all interviews have been completed.

This is a gradual process, however, so people who do not hear straight away are urged to be patient as they could yet be part of the Games and interviews will continue until December.

Clyde, the official Glasgow 2014 mascot, was at the River Clyde today to host the naming ceremony alongside some of the first people to be chosen.

The name is also a deliberate nod to the famous and historic river which runs through the heart of Glasgow and provides such a focal point for the city's residents.

Those applicants who are not successful still have plenty of opportunities to stay Involved with the Games and help ensure their success such as the Queen's Baton Relay and the Cultural programme.

The Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Pot is now open. Created by Big Lottery Fund with support from Glasgow 2014 and the Scottish Government, the Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Pot is a discretionary fund to help Scottish volunteers whose individual circumstances means they need assistance towards the cost of participating.