30 July 2012
A handful of Canterbury Christ Church University students were awarded tickets for the Olympic Games thanks to their volunteering efforts as a Sports Makers.
Amy Jones, a third year American Studies student, was one of 21 Sports Makers from across Kent to be presented with a pair of tickets to an Olympic event as recognition for completing 10 hours or more organising or leading sport in their local community.
Speaking before her visit to the Olympics, Amy said: “I am so pleased to have won tickets to go and see the GB Ladies Hockey Team play against Japan at the Olympics. This sort of thing never happens to me, so I am still in shock - but extremely thrilled! I am really looking forward to it!"
Amy attended the ladies hockey event, held on Sunday 29 July 2012 in the Olympic Park.
Stuart Butler, Sport Makers Coordinator for Kent, said: “It’s fantastic that these volunteers have had their efforts recognised. To date the 21 people who have secured tickets have contributed over 400 hours helping to support others in local community sport which is an amazing achievement benefiting hundreds of people across the county.”
The tickets are awarded as part of the London 2012 Ticketshare initiative that is allowing many individuals who would not normally have access to the Olympic and Paralympic Games the chance to attend. Tickets are funded through a levy on London 2012 Prestige Ticketing hospitality packages. Amy clocked up her hours volunteering as part of the team organising the Canterbury Sport Relief Mile which took place in March.
Sport Makers is a national scheme launched earlier this year by Sir Steve Redgrave that encourages people to make sport happen. It is part of Sport England’s Olympic legacy programme Places People Play, which is bringing the inspiration and magic of a home Games into communities across England. It is being delivered by a network of 49 county sports partnerships, working with local clubs and providers.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
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