Local Sports Fans to Enjoy London 2012 Games Thanks to Ticketshare
Posted: Tue, 07 Aug 2012 11:55
29 Sport Makers and Sportivate participants from Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland will be enjoying the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics live after receiving tickets through the Ticketshare initiative.
Sportivate participants were eligible to receive 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 tickets.
Sport England Chair, Richard Lewis, said: "It's great that 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 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.
Sport Maker, Bex Rimmington from Melton, said: "It was fantastic to be rewarded with some tickets to watch the Handball at the Olympics through Sport Makers. The scheme has been a great way to raise awareness and introduce new and existing people to our sports and clubs. With support from the local cycling club and committee we arranged the first mountain bike event in Melton Mowbray for all age groups and categories, with over 60 riders attending. It has been great to see the Olympics inspire so many people and now I can't wait to watch the Games."
Sportivate aims to give 14 to 25-year-olds who aren't currently 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.
Both initiatives, which are being delivered by the network of 49 county sports partnerships, working with local clubs and providers, 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 For more information on the Sportivate sessions available visit www.lrsport.org/sportivate
For more information on Sport Makers and to sign-up visit www.lrsport.org/sportmakers