One year on after Tour de France organisers announced the route would take in South Yorkshire, a final push for 10,000 volunteers has been made.
Welcome to Yorkshire is looking for ‘Tour Makers’ - Olympics-style games makers to help the Tour run smoothly when the internationally-renowned cycling event starts off in the county next July.
Sheffield MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg helped to promote the final push for helpers, with applications having to be submitted by December 31.
Asda has agreed to help with the recruitment, training, feeding and clothing of the Tour Makers.
A giant one-off Tour Maker shirt was unveiled yesterday to encourage volunteers to come forward.
MP Mr Clegg said: “You can already sense the buzz and excitement right across the country as we get ever closer to Yorkshire’s Grand Départ – and the launch of the Tour Makers and the public’s response already is evidence of that.
“The eyes of the world will be on Yorkshire when the peloton sets off from Leeds and spends two days racing around the county before finishing in Sheffield, and then racing from Cambridge to London.
“It promises to be a historic, spectacular event and really cements our nation as a global sporting leader.”
Stephen Smith of Asda said: “We are really proud of our Yorkshire roots and it’s such an honour for Asda to be involved in a first for Tour de France, by supporting the Tour Makers in such an iconic sporting event that’s on our doorstep.
“Every day each of our 200,000 colleagues goes the extra mile, delivering great service, and we wanted to share some of this experience by playing a major role in supporting the thousands of volunteers who will help to make the Yorkshire Grand Départ of the Tour de France a huge success.
“I personally can’t wait.”
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, added: “Yorkshire will be at the centre of the global stage next summer as the world’s largest annual sporting event starts in the county.
“Two to three million people are expected to line the routes of the three stages in England and the Tour Makers will play a hugely important role in welcoming the world to our proud county and giving them a memorable experience during their stay.”