Mayor and Seb Coe announce 2012 ticket windfall for London’s schools

02 February 2012

Thousands of schools across the capital will today (Feb 2) be able to find out how many free tickets they are set to receive to this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games. In line with the Mayor’s promise one in eight London school children will get a seat at the world's greatest sporting event at no cost to them, their school or the taxpayer.

In the last three years, 2,419 schools in the capital, attended by more than 90% of the capital’s 10-18 year old students, have joined the London 2012 ‘Get Set’ education programme. In a partnership between the Mayor and LOCOG, London schools which joined the network before the end of last year became eligible for a share of 125,000 tickets through the London 2012 Ticketshare scheme.

Each of these schools can, from midday today, find out how many tickets they are set to receive to events being held at the Olympic Park and other iconic venues such as Wembley Stadium and Lords by logging into their ‘Get Set’ account.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “These tickets will ensure that in every part of London someone you know will be heading to an event at one of our terrific Olympic and Paralympic venues. These are London’s Games so it’s only right that the next generation are right at the heart of the action. Watching some of world’s greatest athletes reach for gold, these young Londoners will form a huge part of what could be the most enduring legacy of these Games – a generation inspired and motivated to achieve their best in the classroom and out on the playing field.”

Chair of LOCOG, Seb Coe, said: “Get Set, our education programme, has been part of schools for nearly four years now and I’m thrilled that so many schools have embraced it to such an extent that they are eligible for tickets through the Ticketshare scheme. These tickets are made possible thanks to Prestige’s hospitality packages and will ensure that a hundred thousand or so young people will be at the heart of the action, seeing world class sport.”

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 Basketball Arena.

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. Once allocated it will be up to each individual schools how they distribute their tickets, following guidelines issued through the Get Set programme.

As well as getting young Londoners enthused by the Games themselves the Mayor has, through his Sports Legacy Fund, already invested more than £30m in grassroots sports across the capital. This 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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Notes to Editors

  • Launched by the Mayor and LOCOG in October 2010 the Ticketshare scheme aims to provide up to 1 in 8 London schoolchildren, between the ages of 10 and 18, with a ticket to the Olympic or Paralympic Games. In total there are 125,000 tickets. In order to obtain the free tickets schools and colleges had to join the Get Set Network.
  • 2419 London schools are eligibly to receive tickets. This includes public and private schools.
  • This is 83.9% of the total number of schools that were eligible for Ticketshare. 91.7% of London’s 10-18 year old students attend these schools and are therefore in with the chance of getting a ticket.

Authority

Ticketshare

%

Barking and Dagenham

50

94.3%

Barnet

113

81.3%

Bexley

74

91.4%

Brent

70

74.5%

Bromley

92

84.4%

Camden

69

71.9%

City of London

5

100.0%

Croydon

100

73.5%

Ealing

80

76.2%

Enfield

97

100.0%

Greenwich

90

93.8%

Hackney

74

74.0%

Hammersmith and Fulham

59

76.6%

Haringey

72

80.9%

Harrow

62

83.8%

Havering

74

91.4%

Hillingdon

79

89.8%

Hounslow

59

73.8%

Islington

66

88.0%

Kensington and Chelsea

48

65.8%

Kingston Upon Thames

47

81.0%

Lambeth

78

78.8%

Lewisham

93

95.9%

Merton

55

82.1%

Newham

92

92.9%

Redbridge

81

95.3%

Richmond upon Thames

60

82.2%

Southwark

91

85.8%

Sutton

55

87.3%

Tower Hamlets

98

89.9%

Waltham Forest

81

100.0%

Wandsworth

90

76.9%

Westminster

65

73.9%

Total

2,419

83.7%

 

  • The majority of the schools that haven’t got tickets are independent schools which are not within local authority control.
  • 91% of eligible state schools in London have claimed their tickets.
  • In every London borough at least 81% of state schools will receive Ticketshare tickets. 100% of state schools in Barking and Dagenham, City of London, Enfield, Greenwich, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest will receive Ticketshare tickets.

 

Authority

Ticketshare

%

Barking and Dagenham

50

98.0%

Barnet

101

89.4%

Bexley

72

92.3%

Brent

67

84.8%

Bromley

83

87.4%

Camden

55

83.3%

City of London

1

100.0%

Croydon

94

82.5%

Ealing

72

81.8%

Enfield

91

100.0%

Greenwich

84

100.0%

Hackney

71

97.3%

Hammersmith and Fulham

48

87.3%

Haringey

67

83.8%

Harrow

53

91.4%

Havering

71

94.7%

Hillingdon

74

90.2%

Hounslow

57

81.4%

Islington

62

95.4%

Kensington and Chelsea

34

82.9%

Kingston Upon Thames

42

91.3%

Lambeth

74

83.1%

Lewisham

86

98.9%

Merton

51

89.5%

Newham

88

98.9%

Redbridge

68

98.6%

Richmond upon Thames

46

90.2%

Southwark

86

87.8%

Sutton

52

91.2%

Tower Hamlets

91

100.0%

Waltham Forest

76

100.0%

Wandsworth

74

82.2%

Westminster

50

90.9%

Total

2,191

90.8%

Total

2,191

90.8%

 

  • All schools participating in Get Set are eligible for tickets from LOCOG if they commit to the Olympic and Paralympic values (friendship, excellence and respect, inspiration, determination, courage and equality), encourage their students to achieve their ‘personal best’ and run competitions in the school to determine their ticket allocation.