100,000 Olympic volunteers to be whittled down

EAST Enders are in with a chance of becoming a part of the 2012 Olympics as a volunteering programme whittles down would-be staff.

Around 100,000 applicants will be interviewed over the coming year for a place as a ‘Game Maker’ during the London Games.

There are 70,000 places up for grabs so more than half will be successful.

The process will be the UK’s biggest peace-time recruitment drive.

At the ExCeL Centre in Newham today, chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), Sebastian Coe opened the first of the interview centres.

Applicants will take part in a 30 minute interview, with many being carried out by email and the Games Maker online portal.

Around 40 per cent of applicants said they would be volunteering for the first time.