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August 23, 2012
More than 38 Sport Makers and their friends are enjoying the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games live after receiving tickets through the Ticket share initiative.
40 Cumbrian Sport Makers have already used their pair of tickets at the Olympic Games and 36 people from Cumbria will be going to the Paralympics in less than a weeks time.
Sport Makers who completed 10 hours or more organising or leading sport in their local community were eligible for tickets through the Sport England legacy programme delivered by Active Cumbria.
Sport England Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “It’s great so many people who’ve taken part in 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.
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 benefiting from this. By providing this opportunity we are ensuing we inspire a generation.”
Becky Underwood, Active Cumbria Development Officer said:
“The Sport Makers programme has been a huge success so far in Cumbria with 275 people attending the workshops and making sport happen in their Community. That so many have had the chance to visit the Games in London is brilliant, but this isn’t the end of the programme, those still wanting to be a part of the legacy can come along to a workshop in September, just visit www.sportmakers.co.uk, every attendee will receive an Adidas poloshirt and bag”.
Sport Makers is 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.
Workshops in September:
Workington Cricket Club 17th September 6-8pm
Frenchfields Penrith 19th September 6-8pm
Richard Rose Central Academy, Carlisle 20th September 6-8pm
Kendal College 24th September 6-8pm
Egremont Rugby Club 25th September 6-8pm
Furness College Barrow 26th September 6-8pm
Find out more about Sport Makers and sign up