240 people in West Yorkshire set to enjoy the Games thanks to Ticketshare
Published on: 2nd August 2012
More than 1464 Sport Makers and Sportivate participants will be enjoying the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics live after receiving tickets through the Ticketshare initiative.
Sportivate participants were eligible to receive pairs of tickets after completing a sports course, missing no more than one session, and then continuing to play sport for at least three months afterwards, while Sport Makers who completed 10 hours or more organising or leading sport in their local community were also eligible for pairs of tickets.
Sport England Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “It’s great so many people who’ve taken part in Sportivate and Sport Makers are going to experience the excitement of an Olympic and Paralympic Games. By giving sport a go or by helping someone else to get involved, these participants have taken the first step to creating a sporting habit for life whether it’s for themselves or someone else.”
London 2012 Ticketshare is an exciting initiative that is allowing many individuals who would not normally have access to the Olympic and Paralympic Games the chance to attend. Tickets are funded through a levy on London 2012 Prestige Ticketing hospitality packages.
“Ticketshare is a fantastic way of rewarding those building our grassroots legacy with the chance to watch the pinnacle of sporting achievement,” said CEO of West Yorkshire Sport Nigel Harrison. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am delighted so many people from West Yorkshire will have earned a chance to experience it.”
Sportivate aims to give 14- to 25-year-olds who currently aren’t playing sport in their own time the chance to find a sport they enjoy. They are then helped to find a club or venue where they can keep taking part. Sport Makers are making sport happen for their friends, neighbours or colleagues.
LOCOG Chief Executive, Paul Deighton, said:
“The Ticketshare initiative is giving many people from across the country the chance to enjoy the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games. I’m delighted people who have put so much into community sport, whether by organising sport or taking part, are benefitting from this. By providing this opportunity we are ensuing we inspire a generation.”
Both initiatives are part of Sport England’s Olympic legacy programme Places People Play, which is bringing the inspiration and magic of a home Games into communities across England and are being delivered by the network of 49 county sports partnerships, working with local clubs and providers.