Olympics 2012: Free tickets for schools details

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and LOCOG chair, Sebastian Coe, has today revealed the range of sports that London’s school children will have access to during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

They also called on all those schools in the capital yet to become members of the London 2012 Get Set network to get apply quickly to ensure their pupils are eligible for the 125,000 free Games tickets that are up for grabs through the London 2012 Ticketshare scheme.

For the London 2012 Olympic Games around 23,000 tickets have been allocated for events in venues on the Olympic Park, including the stadium for track and field sports, the Aquatics Centre and the Velodrome.

Around 18,500 are available for events being staged at venues across London including Beach Volleyball at Horseguards Parade and Archery at Lord’s Cricket Ground. A further 18,000 London school children will get the chance to visit the iconic Wembley Stadium to watch Olympic football and over 5,500 will be able to watch sports at venues on the outskirts of the capital. including Rowing at Eton Dorney, Canoe Slalom and Sprint at Lee Valley White Water Centre and Mountain Biking at Hadleigh Farm, Essex.

The remaining 60,000 tickets will give youngsters access to the 2012 Paralympic Games athletics events being held in the Olympic Stadium.

There are enough 2012 tickets for one in eight of London 10 to 18 year olds school children to attend the Games free of charge

However, to date, only 58 per cent of London schools eligible have applied to join the Get Set network.

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This rises to 66 per cent for London’s state run schools. Boroughs with the highest number of Get Set network schools include Enfield (100 per cent), Greenwich (92 per cent) and Barking & Dagenham (89 per cent) but the Mayor and Seb Coe want every state and independent school to join the network before the 16th December when applications close.

Ticketshare tickets are donated through a levy placed on London 2012 hospitality packages sold by Prestige Hospitality.

Boris Johnson, said: “London’s school kids have a once in a lifetime opportunity to get hold of the hottest tickets in town and experience the greatest sporting event on the planet. This spread of tickets will give them access to some truly awesome venues, including the Stadium and Velodrome, and witness the highest level of sporting competition which they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.

“But to get as many kids into the Games as possible, we need every state and independent school in London to join up and, with just a month to go, I urge school kids, teachers and parents to make sure that their school doesn’t miss out. So, get online at London 2012 and give London’s kids the best chance of being at the very heart of what will be the most amazing show on earth.”

Sebastian Coe said: “I have always passionately believed that the Olympic and Paralympic Games can provide a once in a generation platform for sport in this country. By seeing world class athletes and witnessing world class sport at fantastic venues, we are giving young people a magnificent opportunity. I would urge schools in London and across the UK to take advantage of this opportunity, apply to be part of the London 2012 Get Set network and be in with a chance of giving some of their pupils truly a once in a lifetime experience.”