Salaam Cup 2018 was always going to be a hard act to follow after the huge success of the event held in 2017. Salaam Cup 2017 introduced new and innovative volunteering concepts to a Stanmore Jaffery event, that had not been seen before in this format. The 2017 tournament recruited 70 volunteers, kitted out with purple tshirts, assigned them roles in various Functional Areas and gave them an identity. The Salaamteers name that was born is now legendary.
When the organisers set about planning for Salaam Cup 2018 back in February, they looked at ways to improve features in the volunteering process with lessons learnt from the previous event.
First of all, the volunteer recruitment programme was enhanced by way of an online application form. Volunteer applicants were given the opportunity to choose their functional role, select a preferred shift and gave their size for the new teal coloured stylish Salaamteer tshirt.
The application form went live during Ramadan. There were youngsters, elderly and people with all abilities applying to join. There were also members from other Jamats wanting to be part of the volunteering team.
On the day, Salaam Cup 2018 had and army of nearly 150 eager volunteers that were recruited and managed by Mustafa Walji.
Volunteers were asked to attend a site visit at Harefield Academy and also whether they could help during pre and post set up of the event. We used this concept in 2017, but in 2018 we improved the process with online forms to help assign and manage these areas better.
The site visits were a fundamental success with almost 70-80 volunteers attending over two days. Its also gave volunteers the opportunity to familiarise themselves with their role, meet their team leader/members and most importantly see the venue at first hand.
The pre and post set up was used to help prepare before and after the event with a vast array of tasks such as visuals, signage, match pitches, catering and Audio Visual set up and break down.
However, it was on the event day the volunteers shone. With temperatures reaching almost 28C in the basking sun, the Salaamteers arrived at Harefield Academy for check-in at 7.30am. In their distinctive teal coloured Tshirts, they assigned themselves to their Functional Areas and diligently proceeded with their tasks throughout the day. Their smiles, generosity and hospitality made them stand out. The army of 150 Salaamteers could be seen everywhere going about their duties in admirable fashion. They were the envy of the tournament and the event could not have been a success without their support and dedication.
With the many participants, visitors and VIP guests attending, the Salaamteers were ambassadors and provided a memorable, fun and most of all an enjoyable day for everyone.
Furthermore, with over 800 youngsters participating, Salaamteers demonstrated to our kids how important volunteering is to our community nationwide.
Time is precious in our lives, so with this in mind the Salaam Cup organisers and SJFA are eternally grateful to all the Salaamteers for giving up their time to help 2018 Salaam Cup to be an even bigger and better tournament.
Once again Salaamteers were truly the light of this tournament.
With Salaams & Duas