The Olympic Games ballot has been drawn, but kids in London still have the opportunity to get their hands on free tickets.
In a move to shift tickets for under-subscribed events, 125,000 will be distributed to London schools who are members of the ‘Get Set’ 2012 education programme. That’s enough to boost engagement with the games, but “you don’t want to give away too many free tickets otherwise you devalue them,” says Mayor Boris Johnson. Johnson is keen to avoid the empty looking stadiums that plagued the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
The list of events these free tickets will encompass will not include the popular opening and closing ceremonies, but there will be plenty of opportunities to see other saught-after events, such as sprinting (and the massive draw of Usain Bolt).
The chance to join the ‘Get Set’ scheme is still open, and the deadline for applications is 16 December 2011. Organisers state that they “Listened to the ideas and views of teachers and practitioners across the UK when deciding how to distribute these tickets in the fairest possible way.” That means a further 50,000 tickets will also be offered to schools outside London.