Heart Meets 2012 Olympic Volunteers

8 December 2011, 05:47 | Updated: 9 December 2011, 06:41

There are only 120 places left for volunteers to help things run smoothly around Windsor at the Olympics next year.

So far 380 people have signed up to the Eton Dorney Ambassadors Programme.

They're is looking for 500 volunteers in total, all aged 16 and over, to support Olympic and Paralympic events at Dorney Lake.

Each volunteer will be given training to NVQ level 2 in spectator safety and will act as meeters and greeters at 14 hubs around the venue.

The first training session went ahead on 7th December, with Olympic triple gold medalist Jonathan Edwards making a surprise guest appearance.

Jonathon told Heart the volunteers at Eton Dorney have an incredibly important job. He said:

"We have a tremendous history in rowing in the UK. The likes of Pincent, Redgrave and Cracknell all trip off the tongue. The eyes of the country - and indeed the eyes of the world - will be on Eton Dorney come the Games.

"If those volunteers aren't in the town centres, helping to shepherd and herd people from stations into the venue, there'll be chaos. In terms of the smooth running of the Games - they'll make a massive difference."

Listen to the full interview with Jonathan Edwards

Listen to the full interview with a couple who are volunteering

Find out how you can become join the Ambassador Programme here.