More than 1,000 schools apply for London Stadium athletics tickets
PUBLISHED: 18:10 02 March 2017 | UPDATED: 18:11 02 March 2017
More than 1,000 schools across the capital have requested tickets for the World Para Athletics Championships, taking place at the London Stadium this summer.
The tournament, running between July 14 and 23, will be the biggest disability athletics tournament to take place at the venue since the 2012 Paralympics.
Tickets have been reserved for more than 90,000 schoolchildren for a number of sessions, with those in London able to bring pupils for just £3 each – or free for Newham schools.
In response to the high demand, an additional session – the morning of Sunday, July 16 – is now available, along with the remaining seats for midweek daytime sessions.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “It’s fantastic news that so many young Londoners have already snapped up tickets to see some of the world’s best superstars, and I hope even more take advantage of attending this must-see sports event of the year.”
Among those hoping to compete at the championships is Stef Reid, who won silver in the F44 long jump in both the London and Rio Paralympics.
She said: “I know from visiting a school recently that these children are unbelievably excited to be a part of the Championships and as an athlete knowing that other people are relishing the chance to see you gives you a real lift.
“This is the kind of event than can change the way a generation of schoolchildren see themselves and their world. It opens up new dreams and possibilities and lets them see up close what can happen when you work hard and believe in yourself.”
Schools who applied for tickets before the original February 10 deadline will receive confirmation of their allocation in mid-March.
The second phase will remain open until Friday, March 24. The application form and more details are available at london2017athletics.com/schoolsFAQs.