Do you want to get involved in volunteering at The 149th Open, learn new skills with like-minded individuals, and give a warm welcome to Kent? 

Key partners have launched Event Makers, an exciting new programme to promote and coordinate volunteering opportunities as The Open returns to Royal St George’s, in Sandwich, this July.  

This follows The R&A’s recent announcement that The 149th Open will go ahead this year. The R&A is continuing to plan for a full-scale championship but also has robust plans in place for a reduced capacity or behind closed doors model.

The Event Makers programme follows the success of the 2012 Olympic Games Makers and the Welcome Ambassador Programme for The 148th Open at Royal Portrush in 2019. The Event Makers website showcases a whole host of ways for local people to get involved at

The Event Makers website is inviting prospective volunteers to come forward and support the local area by acting as its ambassadors during The Open. You will play a key role in welcoming people to Kent and White Cliffs Country and ensure that they have an unforgettable visitor experience.

The Event Makers programme will provide you with a range of free training opportunities in order to help develop your strengths and support you in carrying out your volunteer role. The training, provided by Dover Technical College, will also lead to a Level 2 qualification in volunteering, which covers safety, first aid awareness and crowd management. 

The 149th Open will take place from 11-18 July 2021. Volunteers will be positioned at transport hubs and other key locations in the vicinity of Royal St George’s Golf Club to assist with wayfinding, as well as providing useful information about The Open, the local area, and how visitors can make the most of their stay both on and off the course.

The Event Makers programme is a collaboration between Sporting Events UK (based in Canterbury), Dover District Council and Dover Technical College, supported by Kent County Council (KCC) and The R&A. 

By Ed

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