London schools apply for 90000 World Para Athletics Championships tickets

Published 21 February 2017

 2011 Jake Hilder Photography

The World’s best Para Athletes will be supported by at least 90,000 school-aged spectators this summer with London Schools taking advantage of the unique ticket offer supported by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

More than 1000 schools from across the capital will provide their students with the trip of a lifetime to the World Para Athletics Championships that take place 14-23 July.

Schools that applied before the 10th February will receive confirmation in mid March about the tickets they have been allocated.

And with demand for tickets still high, organisers have set up a second phase for London Schools applications from today, with the offer closing at 20:17 on 24 March 2017.

The offer comprises:

  • Tickets at just £3 for school children in the Greater London area
  • Accompanying adults and teachers can attend for free
  • All children attending these schools sessions will travel free of charge on Transport for London services
  • A dedicated volunteer will be provided for each school party to meet the group on arrival and lead them throughout their visit

As well as remaining availability on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, organisers have now made Sunday morning (16 July) available for schools attendees after an overwhelming demand for the midweek daytime sessions. Monday and Tuesday morning sessions are now unavailable for the schools ticket offer.

Championship Director Niels de Vos said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have received such a massive response to the London Schools ticket offer. Being part of the World Para Athletics Championships really is a trip of a lifetime and we know that attending a live sports event of this magnitude can really inspire a generation.”

Paralympic medallist Stef Reid said:

“I know from visiting a school recently that these children are unbelievably excited to be a part of the Championships and as an athlete knowing that other people are relishing the chance to see you gives you a real lift.

“To think that 90,000 children from more than 1,000 London schools are already guaranteed a once in a lifetime trip to be in the Stadium for the World Para Athletics Championships is truly awesome – this is the kind of event than can change the way a generation of school children see themselves and their world.  It opens up new dreams and possibilities and lets them see up close what can happen when you work hard and believe in yourself.

“The interest in the ticket offer has been overwhelming – I am so glad the organizers have added extra sessions to meet the massive demand, and I hope the numbers just keep growing!  The support from the Mayor and the city of London has been fantastic.”

The ticket offer is just one part of a comprehensive schools programme launched for the Summer of World Athletics. Last month organisers launched Starting Blocks   as the official education programme for both world championships – a digital hub providing free, curriculum-linked resources for teachers of pupils aged five to 14.

The World Para Athletics Championships and the IAAF World Championships London 2017 will bring together 3000 world-class athletes from more than 200 countries, who will compete in 30 sessions across 20 amazing days. This is the first time that the IAAF World Championships and World Para Athletics Championships will be hosted by the same city in the same summer.

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