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London 2012: Olympic ticket allocation revealed at schools

Published: March 15, 2012 | 10:32 am
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School Reporters are reporting today on which tickets their schools will receive for the Games this summer.

Schools in the Get Set network already know their ticket numbers but not the specific Olympic or Paralympic events.

School Reporters will question London 2012 chairman Lord Coe about the ticketshare scheme that is allocating 100,000 tickets to UK students.

London Mayor Boris Johnson will reveal the capital’s schools have 75,000 extra seats and he will also be quizzed.

These extra tickets means one in eight students in the UK capital aged between 10 and 18 will have a chance to see an event at one of the Games.

Games organisers Locog says six pupils from each eligible secondary school should be able to go to the Olympics or Paralympics.

The extra seats have been funded through a levy on hospitality packages and are available to youngsters across the UK in the 2012 Get Set scheme, servicemen and women through Tickets for Troops, the British Olympic Association, the British Paralympic Association and the sports councils.

The Olympic ticketing system has been heavily criticised with accusations of unneccessary secrecy and low numbers of tickets for the 100m final going to the public.

Lord Coe recently hit back, saying Locog’s objectives of full stadiums and affordable prices had been more than achieved.

He described the Ticketshare scheme as “groundbreaking”.

Tickets for all 26 Olympic sports and 20 Paralympic sports are up for grabs, with 18,800 tickets available for Olympic Sports, such as athletics, cycling and hockey, and 60,000 Paralympic athletics tickets, all in the Olympic Stadium.

There are 18,004 tickets to watch football at Wembley stadium and 654 tickets for equestrian events in Greenwich.

Schools and colleges, totalling 2,419, were initially accepted into the Get Set network by “demonstrably using the Games to add value to their place of education and commitment to Olympic and Paralympic values (such as friendship, excellence and respect)”.

Lord Coe added: “Today is an exciting day. The opportunity for young people to see world class sport close up was a core part of the bid and this summer thousands will be rewarded for their commitment to living the Olympic and Paralympic values by having a chance to be part of the Games.”

Mayor Johnson added: “It would give London’s children a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the greatest show on earth in their home city and embrace the experience of the Games first hand.”

A million extra Olympic tickets are due to be made available in the last round of sales in April.

Locog has also revealed it is offering pupils in the Get Set network the chance to name the British Airways A319 aircraft that will carry the Olympic Flame from Athens to RNAS Culdrose on 18 May ahead of its 70-day journey around the UK before the Games.

BBC

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