The Sunderland Event Maker Programme is well under way with three briefing sessions taking place in February. The briefings provided prospective volunteers with an overview of The Tall Ships Races Sunderland and an insight into what they will be asked to do to support the event. Roles include Ship Liaison Officers, Technical Liaison Officers, Event Coordinators and Event Administrators.

The Event Maker Team have held Team Leader selection boards with candidates undertaking icebreakers, interviews and practical team challenges.

Jeff Hall was put through his paces at one of the sessions and enjoyed the experience immensely. Jeff said “I’ve been a Technical Liaison Officer before, but didn’t go through a selection process like this. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve already made new friends.”

Ian Flannery, Event Maker Programme Leader and Chief Liaison Officer said “It’s inspiring to see so many people willing to give up their time to be part of The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018. The event will be a piece of history for Sunderland and it will be the volunteers that make it.”