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Penney Bell
Penney Bell says there’s never a dull moment when volunteering at a major event like the Commonwealth Games. At Glasgow 2014, she unexpectedly found herself watching Team England win gymnastics gold after she was assigned to help out on the accessibility platform.  

“Everyone was so friendly, both at the venue and around Glasgow itself”, she says. “I’ve met some amazing people who have become long term friends.” 

Penney was a Clydesider at Glasgow 2014, based in the spectator services team based at the SECC arena (now the SSE Hydro). She spent the Games directing visitors to venues, entrances and their seats, including members of the Royal family.  

“They will be in the heart of the event”

She says the experience has taught her a lot:  

“It taught me that my people skills put visitors, fellow volunteers, athletes and VIPs at ease. I also discovered why the Commonwealth Games are called ‘The Friendly Games’”.  

Her message to anyone considering applying to volunteer for Birmingham 2022 is “go for it!”:  

Volunteering is one of the best things that I have ever done. Anyone who volunteers at Birmingham 2022 will have the time of their lives and discover things about themselves, use their innate skills as well as develop a few more.  

“They will be based in the centre of the country and have the opportunity to explore both the city and its fascinating surroundings. They will be in the heart of the event, behind the scenes or wherever their role takes them. Enjoy the buzz, I certainly have!” 

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