Norwich schools urged to sign up for free Olympic tickets

Schools across Norwich are being urged to sign up for free tickets to next summer's Olympic Games.

The call comes as the deadline to take a once in a lifetime opportunity for pupils to go to the London 2012 Games through the Get Set Network comes to a close.

All schools and colleges that apply to join the scheme by the end of today are guaranteed an allocation of London 2012 Ticketshare tickets to the Games.

Some schools in Norwich and across Norfolk have already signed up, including Hethersett Woodside Nursery and Infant School, Hethersett's junior and high schools and Cringleford Primary School.

Chloe Smith, Norwich North MP, has encouraged more schools to sign up to the scheme. She said: 'I urge local schools to seize this wonderful opportunity and apply for tickets for pupils to attend the London 2012 Olympic Games. With a rail link from Norwich to Stratford, access to the Olympic Games Park is beneficial to local schools wanting to take advantage of this opportunity.'

As well as giving schools and colleges the chance to take pupils to the Games, the Get Set Network is also the official London 2012 education programme, giving teachers and school staff the chance to find resources, ideas and opportunities to help them make the most of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Fiona Whiting, extended schools coordinator for the Hethersett cluster, who is aiming to get all the schools in the cluster signed up, urged other schools to 'go for it'.

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She said: 'It inspires and engages schools and young people to be excited about the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the Get Set Network itself has got some fantastic resources to inspire the children.'

To sign up to the scheme, go to

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