This month's Volunteer In Focus is Scott Burnett, who will be part of the Spectator Services team at County Ground Taunton.
In recent years Scott has volunteered at numerous global events, but this will be his first in his home town of Taunton.
We caught up with him to find out the impact he thinks the tournament will have, and the importance of volunteering.
What is it that you’re most looking forward to about being a World Cup Cricketeer at County Ground Taunton?
I’m really excited about the colour and excitement the tournament will bring. There’ll be fans from all over the world coming to Taunton, and that cultural diversity and energy is going to be something special. I’m also looking forward to seeing the new floodlights in action when Afghanistan and New Zealand go head to head on 8 June.
Tell us a little more about some of the volunteering you’ve done before and why you’ve come back for more.
I have done a lot of volunteering in the past and am still involved with a number of projects. For example, I volunteer at Somerset FA, Mind and at the Brewhouse Theatre, which funnily enough is going to be the Taunton workforce break area during the tournament! These have been longer ongoing projects, but I also love the buzz of a tournament which although it’s over quickly, brings with it so much excitement and energy.
I’ve volunteered at the World Para Athletics Championships in London and the All-England Badminton Championships in Birmingham in recent years. Moving forwards I’d like to return to a role in an international sport.
From 2001 to 2010, I worked for FIFA at their HQ in Zurich initially as a translator and later as an assistant to the Secretary General. I see volunteering as an excellent way to get to grip with a range of roles at ground level. I think that understanding will help me if I move back into sport. Meeting new people, gaining new experiences and new skills are all part of the reason for coming back for more!
Who do you think is going to win the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019? Can you see any upsets?
I’ve no idea! That said, I’m almost certain there will be a few upsets along the way. Afghanistan and Bangladesh are playing in Taunton and I think they could spring surprises during the World Cup! Whichever way it goes, I’m just hoping for a really exciting tournament.
With the World Cup just around the corner, have you got any messages or words of wisdom for your fellow World Cup Cricketeers?
There are a few things I think are important to remember. Firstly, we’re a team and everything has a knock-on effect. Therefore, no task is too small and whatever our individual role, we can have ownership of that and make an impact. From volunteering in the past, I have learnt lots of valuable things from other people so be open minded. Finally, enjoy the experience, be kind and remember to smile – it goes a long way!
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