More than 200 people have volunteered to support the highly anticipated Tall Ships Races which will descend on Sunderland next month.

Sunderland College is supporting the event by preparing and expertly training the volunteers for a variety of roles.

Volunteers have been fully trained for a variety of roles which include Ship Liaison Officer, Technical Liaison Officer, Event Support and Event Coordinator.

All of the ‘Event Makers’ took part in three days of training at the college’s Bede campus and received a Volunteer Award certificate.

The volunteers, ranging from 18 years old to 70 years old and over, included staff and students from the college.

Heather Harrop, curriculum manager for employability and community at Sunderland College, said: “This has been a fantastic collaboration between Sunderland College and the Tall Ships organisers at Sunderland Council.

“Each volunteer had a different level of knowledge and understanding of Tall Ships events and volunteering.

“Some had previously worked at other Tall Ships events across the region. The volunteers have embraced the training, building a positive Tall Ships Event Maker community.”

The event, which will take place from Tuesday 10th July until Saturday 14th July, will see Sunderland welcome a majestic fleet of Tall Ships to take part in a four-day festival of culture and entertainment across the city.

The ships will visit Sunderland before setting sail in spectacular style to compete in the first leg of The Tall Ships Races 2018.

Ian Flannery, project manager for the Tall Ships event, said: “The college has done a fantastic job in preparing the Tall Ships Event Makers for their volunteering roles.

“As well as the valuable accredited training, the sessions have provided them with a welcoming, friendly environment in which they can get to know one another and begin to form the relationships and team bonds that will make them effective contributors to the Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.”

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