World Para Athletics Championships ticket offer goes nationwide

Double Paralympic champion Libby Clegg today launched the national schools ticket offer for the World Para Athletics Championships, giving all schoolchildren across the UK the opportunity to attend the biggest sporting event of the year.

03/03/2017 00:50

Following on from the overwhelming success of the World Para Athletics Championships London schools ticket offer, which saw more than 1000 schools from every single London borough apply for over 90,000 tickets during the initial window, Clegg and her guide Chris Clarke have officially extended the opportunity out to schools across the country.

Tickets for children will cost just £3 while accompanying adults will attend for free. Sessions included in the offer are the evenings of Monday 17 July, Tuesday 18 July and Wednesday 19 July, and the morning of Sunday 16 July to cater for the large demand for tickets. The offer is open to both primary and secondary schoolchildren.

The offer creates the opportunity for tens of thousands of schoolchildren from across the UK to experience a once in a lifetime trip to attend selected sessions of the World Para Athletics Championships which run from 14-23 July at the London Stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Clegg, who is set to compete during the available schools sessions, said: “This is a great opportunity for schools nationwide to be part of the biggest sporting event in the world in 2017. I really enjoyed visiting The Cedars Academy today with Chris and their enthusiasm for the Championships was contagious. I have the most amazing memories of being in the former Olympic Stadium, both competing and cheering on my teammates, and I’m sure that all of the children who get to come along with their school to watch the World Para Athletics Championships will leave inspired by what they see. It’s certainly an opportunity not to be missed.”

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said: “It is fantastic that children across the country are going to be able to see the best Para athletes in the world in London this summer for only £3 a ticket. Our Paralympic stars made the country proud last summer in Rio and I am sure they will do just the same in the capital in July. I urge schools to apply for tickets and not to miss out on what will be an incredible, inspirational competition.”

The Summer of World Athletics, incorporating both the IAAF World Championships and the World Para Athletics Championships, will see the world's top athletes from more than 200 countries competing over 20 days of world-class sport.

Applications opened at 10:00 today and will shut at 20:17 on 24 March. Visit http://www.paraathleticschampionships.com/TicketsForSchools for details.