More than 300,000 people have applied to become volunteers at next year's Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, it has been announced ©Paris 2024

More than 300,000 applications have been issued to become part of the volunteering team for next year’s Olympics and Paralympics in Paris, it has been announced.

Paris 2024 has revealed the number of people that have applied for the 45,000 places after the six-week registration period came to an end on Wednesday (May 3), revealing there was "strong enthusiasm" for the volunteering programme.

A total of 30,000 volunteers are expected to be deployed for the Olympics, with the other 15,000 due to work during the Paralympics.

The number of applicants registered for Paris 2024 exceeds the total for Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020. 

According to Paris 2024, a third of the candidates are under the age of 25, more than half are women and one in two want to participate at both the Olympics and Paralympics.

Among those included some that had been volunteers when Albertville staged the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in 1992.

Paris 2024 has exceeded the 204,680 who applied for volunteer posts during Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images
Paris 2024 has exceeded the 204,680 who applied for volunteer posts during Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images

French organisers also claimed that more than 3,000 candidates "declared a specific need due to a disability" as they bid to become the most inclusive Games yet.

Applicants are expected to be examined by organisers before those successful are expected to be notified during September and October.

In early 2024, a volunteers convention is set to be organised in Paris, with training set to begin and volunteer uniforms due to be unveiled during the same period.

Last month, it emerged that several French groups opposed to the staging of Paris 2024 were plotting to infiltrate the volunteering team in a bid to cause disruption at the Games.

Under the plans, entitled the "hidden work campaign", people were urged to become volunteers before either going on strike demanding that they should be paid, simply refusing to turn up or working slowly.

Paris 2024 organisers have vowed to ensure there is no risk of sabotage during the Games, insisting all volunteers will be "subject to a prior administrative investigation by the authorised state service".

The Olympics are due to be held from July 26 to August 11 next year, followed by the Paralympics from August 28 to September 8.