Still time to sign up for Olympics

SCHOOLS in north Northumberland only have a week left to sign up to a programme for free tickets to the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The special allocation of Ticketshare places, for pupils aged 10 and over, has a deadline of December 16, with schools being urged to sign up to the Get Set Network and register their details.

The minimum number of tickets each school or college will receive will be confirmed by email and through the Your Space section of the Get Set website in January.

Get Set will also launch some resources, including case studies, practical ideas and materials, to help schools distribute their tickets fairly to the students that everyone thinks deserves them.

Full details of tickets will be confirmed in March, including details of the sport, venue, date and session time.

Get Set will also publish information to help schools plan their trip to the Games, including how to plan travel and where to find more information on the sport they will be watching.

Any registered school or college in the UK can also become a member of the Get Set network and receive rewards and recognition from London 2012. There is also the opportunity to apply for a Plan Your 2012 grant of up to £8,800 to lead activities which encourage other schools to engage in the London 2012 Games.

The closing date for the second round of funding available for Get Set Network schools, date is January 6, 2012. To be considered for an award the school applies and is encouraged to blog about their ideas and plans for celebrating London 2012 and the Olympic values.

So far, 41 schools in Northumberland have signed up to the scheme.

Coun Neil Bradbury, executive member for customer services and culture at Northumberland County Council said: “The Get Set programme gives school children more opportunities to get involved with the 2012 Games and benefit from all the exciting events taking place. I’m pleased to see so many schools in the Northumberland are keen to take part and I hope this inspires other schools to get involved and reap all the benefits of the London 2012 education programme.”

To find out more about the scheme, visit www.london2012.com/getset