Inspirational sport figures in Lincolnshire bag Olympic and Paralympic tickets

FOURTEEN people in Lincolnshire will be enjoying the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games live after receiving tickets through the Ticketshare initiative.

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 benefitting from this. By providing this opportunity we are ensuring we inspire a generation.”

There are more than 4,000 Sport Makers and Sportivate participants across the country who have received tickets.

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 Sport Makers 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.”

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 those who make sport happen for their friends, neighbours or colleagues.

Both initiatives are part of Sport England’s Olympic legacy programme Places People Play, which hopes to bring the inspiration and magic of a home Games into communities across England.

Both schemes are being delivered by the network of 49 county sports partnerships, working with local clubs and providers.

Lucy Blakey, children and young people officer from Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “It is fantastic that young people can take part in sport and be rewarded for their efforts by receiving Olympic or Paralympic tickets.

“I hope that this inspires young people to continue being fit and active in the county as a result”.