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50,000 sign up as Olympic helpers
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Volunteers with different types of skills are needed for the Olympic Games
Nearly 50,000 people have already signed up to volunteer in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Since the city won the right last month to host the event, volunteering charity TimeBank said it has signed up 33,000 volunteers.

The recruitment campaign began in December and 14,000 people volunteered even before London won.

TimeBank said different types of skills will be needed and opportunities for Olympic volunteers are wide-ranging.

The charity's chief executive, Moira Swinbank, said "We are recruiting people across the UK and we even have 10-year-olds registering in the knowledge they will be 17 by 2012 and old enough to take part.

Visitor guides

"The message is 'whatever your skills, 2012 needs you!'"

Opportunities for Olympic volunteers include spectator and language services, to medical and emergency services and transportation.

There will also be training for people to act as guides for visitors to London.

The 'Volunteer to Win' campaign is backed by London's Mayor Ken Livingstone and Olympic medallist Steve Backley OBE.

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