Tickets For Troops and the London 2012 Ticketshare scheme allocate 10,000 Olympic and Paralympic tickets to members of the Armed Forces
Members of the Armed Forces will today discover if they have
been allocated tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games and
Paralympic Games when the charity, Tickets For Troops, run their
ballots for the first time.
Ten thousand tickets have been donated to servicemen and women
via the London 2012 Ticketshare scheme which has funded tickets
through a levy placed on London 2012 hospitality packages sold by
Tickets for all 26 Olympic sports and 14 Paralympic sports will
be allocated with 1,750 tickets available for Olympic sports, such
as Athletics, Cycling and Boxing, and 2,360 Paralympic tickets, all
in the Olympic Park.
There are 600 tickets to watch Football at Wembley Stadium and
700 tickets for sports such as Wrestling, Table Tennis and Judo at
In June 2011, LOCOG Chair Lord Coe and Board member Baroness
Tanni Grey-Thompson launched the scheme with 50 servicemen and
women from the Army, Royal Navy and RAF who were then taken on a
tour of the Olympic Park construction site.
Since then ballots had been open on the Tickets For Troops
where members of the Armed Forces and those medically discharged
since 2001 were able to enter their details for a chance to be
allocated tickets to the Games.
As well as the 10,000 tickets allocated to Tickets for Troops,
the London 2012 Ticketshare scheme will see 125,000 tickets donated
to London schoolchildren, a further 50,000 will be distributed to
schools across the UK. The British Olympic Association and the
British Paralympic Association will receive 5,000 tickets each and
a total of 5000 tickets are being allocated to Sport England, Sport
Northern Ireland, sportscotland and Sport Wales.
LOCOG Chair Lord Coe said: "I'm absolutely delighted that
through our Ticketshare scheme we will be involving members of the
armed services and their families. Through the sale of our
Prestige tickets we are enabling the donation of tickets to a
number of deserving causes - it would be unimaginable that we
wouldn't include our armed service personnel."
Tickets For Troops Patron, Samantha Cameron said "It is
fantastic that members of the Armed Forces and their families will
be able to attend the Olympics and Paralympics thanks to this
hugely generous donation of tickets. This is a wonderful way to
show our gratitude for all they do on our behalf and will provide a
great opportunity for troops to spend time with the people they
care about most"
Lord Marland of Odstock, Chairman of Tickets For Troops
said: "I am delighted that so many troops and their families
will be able to attend this important and historic global event in
our country. This amazing support makes a real
difference to the troops who are doing such an extraordinary job
during these difficult times."
Minister for Sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson, said:
"The donation of 10,000 tickets to our Armed Forces is a fitting
tribute to the hard work and dedication of our service personnel.
Many parallels can be drawn between the mental and physical stamina
needed to serve in the forces and compete at the highest
international sporting level for your country. As a former
serviceman myself I know that all the troops will enjoy being part
of this amazing event."
Tickets For Troops was set up in 2009 to provide members of the
Armed Forces with free tickets for major sporting, entertainment,
musical and cultural events. Since launching it has been donated
over 290,000 tickets and over 110,000 troops have registered on the
Tickets For Troops has teamed up with a wide range of
organisations and has been able to offer free tickets to a huge
number of high profile events, recently these have included tickets
for Disney on Ice, The Brit Awards 2012 and England v Holland at
The initiative has attracted maximum support from a host of
Patrons, including Dame Kelly Holmes, Joanna Lumley, Alan Shearer,
Colin Montgomerie and Samantha Cameron. Troops are encouraged
to go online and register at www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk to take
advantage of the fantastic tickets available for our Armed