By Marcus Leach
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has issued a final rallying cry for those who have not applied to the ‘Get Set’ network to get online now and ensure their pupils are eligible for 125,000 Olympic and Paralympic tickets which are up for grabs.
The final deadline for applications is Friday, December 16th - just a week away.
Over two thirds of eligible schools across the capital have now applied for the Ticketshare scheme, which aims to give one in eight schoolchildren the chance to get to the front row of the Games, with tickets available for events in the Olympic Park as well as other iconic venues in London such as Wembley Stadium and Lord’s.
In total, 67 per cent of eligible schools have applied for the tickets, which are available to school children aged between 10 and 18. While Enfield, Greenwich and Barking and Dagenham are leading the way with at least 90 per cent of schools entering the network, boroughs including Lambeth, Haringey and Croydon are still lagging behind with fewer than 50 per cent.
"The Get Set network will 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," The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said.
"This is my direct message to teachers, parents and children — don’t miss out. Kids, you should be pestering your teachers endlessly to make sure they are doing all they can to get you to the Games. Applying for the network is simple and quick, but there's just a week left to get online at London 2012. So let's have a final push to help us give the capital’s kids the best chance to be at the heart of the action."
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.
A further 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, and 18,000 London school children will get the chance to visit Wembley Stadium to watch Olympic football.
More than 5,500 tickets will be available for 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.
Ticketshare tickets are donated through a levy placed on London 2012 hospitality packages sold by Prestige Hospitality.
As well as getting young Londoners enthused in the Games themselves the Mayor has, through his Sports Legacy Fund, already invested £10 million in grassroots sports projects in the capital which has been matched by a further £20 million 'match funding'. This £30 million investment is designed to get thousands more people fit and active and provide a major boost for sport in London by the 2012 Games.
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