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Students get to live the Olympic dream

HUNDREDS of students from Havering College will be going to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

459 is the magic number of free tickets the college has secured for its students under the Ticketshare scheme set up by the Mayor of London and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG).

The allocation recognises the “commitment Havering College and its students have shown to living the Olympic and Paralympic Values”.

Lord Coe meets Havering College students

As a member of the Get Set - the official London 2012 education programme – the college has been involved in a number of exciting London 2012 projects including:

  • An official Cultural Olympiad performance of the college show Inspiration at the London Palladium in March 
  • A Olympic Park filming project to promote apprenticeships and encourage more women into the construction industry

The college now has full details of its ticket allocation and the sporting events students will be able to see.

They cover a range of Olympic and Paralympic events including athletics, basketball, volleyball, football, hockey, freestyle wrestling and canoe sprint. The events are at venues such as the Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Wembley Stadium, London ExCel, and Earls Court.

Havering College will be offering this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to students on Further Education courses who have demonstrated the Olympic and Paralympic values of Respect, Excellence and Friendship.

Havering College principal Noel Otley said: “We are delighted that so many of our students will have the opportunity to watch inspirational athletes from across the world perform in their chosen sport. It is something our students will remember about their college days for the rest of their lives.”

A letter from Boris Johnson and LOCOG chair Seb Coe announcing the ticket allocation said: “2012 will be a huge year for London and every part of the city will come alive this summer. We are determined that as many Londoners as possible get to witness the thrill and excitement first hand.

“That is why we are delighted that in working together, the Mayor of London and LOCOG have secured up top 125,000 tickets to the Games for London’s young people at no charge to schools, parents or tax payers.”

•The London 2012 Ticketshare initiative is designed to allow many individuals, who would not normally have access to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the chance to attend. The free tickets are funded through a levy on prestige ticketing hospitality packages. Eligibility covers schools and colleges within the Get Set network, servicemen and women and their families, the British Olympic Association, the British Paralympic Association and sports councils.