Redbridge schools benefit from 4,931 free Olympics and Paralympics tickets

Redbridge schools were among the top beneficiaries of free Olympic tickets from Games organisers and the Mayor of London on Friday.

The borough’s pupils and accompanying adults received 4,931 tickets to the Olympic and Paralympic Games later in the year.

Only five London boroughs out of 33 received more tickets than Redbridge, with Enfield awarded the largest allocation of 5,506 tickets.

Schools in the borough received letters from Boris Johnson to tell them which sports, sessions and venues their children will be going to.

The schools are part of the London 2012 ‘Get Set’ Education Network with 2,419 schools across the capital benefiting.

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54 per cent of the Redbridge ticket will be for Olympic competitions, with the rest for the Paralympics in September.

And 65 per cent of the total tickets awarded will give pupils and their accompanying adults the opportunity to visit the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London.

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Mr Johnson said: “We’re heading into what will surely be the most exciting and inspiring summer of sport this country has every seen, and it is only right that the capital’s young people are at the heart of the action.”

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