Christian scheme at Glasgow 2014 huge success

Fri 01 Aug 2014
By Antony Bushfield

A programme by a Christian organisation to find family homes for volunteers at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to stay in has been so popular even the waiting list is full.

More Than Gold was matching people who wanted to give games staff from outside Glasgow somewhere to stay with the so called 'Clydesiders'.

Coordinator David Willson says that the response has been so big a waiting list had to be created and was closed when it reached 120.

"We have done the athlete family home stay programme for about 20 years starting in Atlanta for the games there and this is the first time that we have run out of homes," he said.

Alex Carduff hosted a volunteer and Liz Sayers, mother of a English athlete, Goldie, who said had it not been for this programme she would have had to sleep in her car.

"I would do it again, I would highly recommend it to anyone else who haven't hosted before. If anyone is reluctant then they should know that  at the end of the day the More Than Gold team is there as a backup. Should there be any complications they will sort it out," he said.

Mr Willson said that the generosity of the 100 Scottish families who opened their homes was "absolutely overwhelming" and thanked them all for their kindness.

More Than Gold has now been asked to run a similar scheme for the 2014 Ryder Cup which is being held at Gleneagles from 26-28 September.

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