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Olympic dreams come true for 2,000 Lambeth young people

More than 2,000 young people in Lambeth are in line for free tickets to the ‘greatest show on earth’ this summer after it was announced that 78 local schools and collegesare to share 2,127 tickets to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The tickets have been allocated as part of the London Organising Committee of theOlympic and Paralympic Games’ (LOCOG) Ticketshare programme for 10 to 18 year olds.

Lambeth Council encouraged schools across the borough to become members of the Get Set network, which has put them in line for free tickets to see some of the world’s greatest athletes and sports men and women this summer.

It has been confirmed that 20 Lambeth secondary schools and colleges will receive 1,558 tickets and 58 primary schools will receive 569. The tickets will be split roughly proportionally between Olympic Football, the other 25 Olympic Sports, and the Paralympics.

Cllr Florence Nosegbe Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “The Olympic and Paralympic Games is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the world’s greatest sports men and women competing in this country, so it’s fantastic that
so many young people from Lambeth will be part of it.

“I’m pleased so many schools took up the chance to get free tickets by becoming part of the Get Set network – it means that thousands of Lambeth young people will be able to take inspiration from seeing the world’s finest sporting stars close up, and come away
with memories that will last a lifetime.”

Schools will received further details next month about the events to which their pupils have been awarded tickets. 125,000 tickets have been allocated to eligible London schools that joined the Get Set
network before last December’s deadline.

The Get Set network is a special community of schools and colleges which are:
• demonstrating a commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic Values: respect, friendship, equality, excellence, inspiration, courage and determination
• Using the London 2012 Games to inspire learners of all ages and abilities to get involved in Values-based projects and activities.

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