Call for volunteers to step up to cup crease

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Last updated 05:00 25/03/2014
Hayley Dalton
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GIVING BACK: Hayley Dalton hopes to volunteer at the Cricket World Cup 2015.

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ICC Cricket World Cup organisers are calling on cricket fans to give a bit back to the sport.

Christchurch will host three pool games in Hagley Park in February and more than 300 volunteers are needed to make them happen.

World Cup New Zealand boss Therese Walsh said big events did not get off the ground without volunteers.

"It's critical," she said. "The cup is funded, but it's tight."

Like most major sporting events, volunteers were an essential addition to paid staff.

Across Australia and New Zealand, 4000 volunteers were needed for jobs including spectator and fan services, hospitality, VIP services and transport.

Lincoln University student Hayley Dalton first volunteered at the Rugby World Cup in 2011 and has signed up for the Cricket World Cup.

"It was a spur of the moment thing for the rugby," she said. "I figured it didn't come around very often so I'd give it a go."

Dalton volunteered giving information to fans at the Hagley Park Fanzone.

She said volunteering was a great way to give back to the community and a great way to meet people.

Walsh said volunteering not only helped the event, it was a chance to be a part of something big. However, most volunteers would not get to watch the games.

Interviews start in May, with appointments made in July.

The games are all in February 2015.

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