A total of 23 people from across Northamptonshire have received tickets to Olympic Events after taking part in Sport England Olympic Legacy programmes.
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 people 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 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 that is allowing people 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.
Evonne Carr from Daventry was one of the lucky recipients after supporting the Torch Relay and Sport Relief Mile. Evonne went to see the Men’s Volleyball at Earls Court on Sunday, July 29.
She said: “The atmosphere from the crowd was incredible. We made a day of it and saw the sites of London too. I am definitely going to continue Sport Making in my local area in sports events.”
Chris Holmes, director of Northamptonshire Sport, said: “Almost 1000 people have been inspired by the Olympics to participate in sports activities or help out in their local community. We are delighted to recognise the fantastic contribution they have made.”
Sportivate aims to give 14 to 25-year-olds who currently aren’t 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 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 and are being delivered by the network of 49 county sports partnerships, working with local clubs and providers.