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Andrew Wignall

Andrew Wignall, Expanding Horizons

Strategic Space and Contract Planner, Estates & Capital Developments


Andrew says: "I chose to apply as it’s not every day that the biggest show on earth comes to your doorstep! I think it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and therefore I wanted to be a part of it.

"As a Team Leader I had to pass an interview and attend a series of training sessions from the start of the year onwards. I was also fully CRB and security checked. One of my training sessions was aimed at the Olympic legacy and how I as an ambassador could become sports maker in my community. I’m already a qualified football and inline hockey coach so I’ll be looking to utilise these skills in future.

"On the ground, I lead a team of five Coventry Ambassadors. We’re there to help ease the flow of people to and from the stadium, answer questions, act as another pair of eyes and ears for security and LOCOG officials, whilst being happy smiley people!

"For my shift yesterday I was posted outside the stadium for the Mexico vs Gabon game. Part of the fun is chatting with all the fans of various nationalities, hopefully adding to their Olympic experience. (They want us in enough of their photographs anyway!) It was the biggest day of the Olympics for the City of Coventry Stadium, as it was a sell-out and Seb Coe, Sepp Blatter (President of FIFA) and the President of Gabon were all in attendance! As planned everything went to the letter and LOCOG later phoned through to praise the efforts of all staff and volunteers working that day."