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Schools ready to 'Get Set'

CALL: Lord Coe (left) with Boris Johnson

THE MAYOR of London, Boris Johnson, and LOCOG chair, Lord Coe, have revealed the range of sports that London's school kids will have access to during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

They also called on all those schools in the capital yet to become members of the London 2012 'Get Set' network to apply quickly to ensure their pupils are eligible for the 125,000 free Games tickets that are up for grabs through the London 2012 Ticketshare scheme.

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.

Around 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.

A further 18,000 London school children will get the chance to visit the iconic Wembley Stadium to watch Olympic football and over 5,500 will be able to watch 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.

There are enough 2012 tickets for one in eight of London 10-18 year old school children to attend the Games free of charge.

However, to date, only 58 per cent of London schools eligible have applied to join the 'Get Set' network. This rises to 66 per cent for London's state run schools.

Boroughs with the highest number of 'Get Set' network schools include Enfield (100 per cent), Greenwich (92 per cent) and Barking & Dagenham (89 per cent) but the Mayor and Lord Coe want every state and independent school to join the network before the 16th December when applications close.

To find out more about the ‘Get Set’ network please visit http://getset.london2012.com

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