Mayor and Paralympic hero launch free ticket offer

17 January 2017 in 2012 Games and legacy and Events and Mayor
Every school child in Newham will get the chance to go to the World Para Athletics Championships at the London Stadium this summer, thanks to Newham council, and the Championship organisers.
To launch the free ticket offer, the Mayor Sir Robin Wales, joined Newham’s own Paralympic hero Ade Adepitan, on a visit to Shaftesbury Primary School, Forest Gate.

Ade, who grew up in Newham, and won a bronze medal in Paralympic basketball at the Athens 2004 Games, shared his memories of his childhood in the borough, and encouraged the children to pursue their dreams, whatever they are, just as he did.

Ade said: “Sport is all about passion and opportunities, use this opportunity to inspire yourself. Ask yourself what you want to be? I can tell you that you can achieve your dream if you work hard and believe in yourself.”

The offer of free tickets, which is open to all schools in the borough, is part of the council’s drive to inspire young people to get involved in sport and get active. It bolsters our efforts to engage pupils through the “Every Child a Sports Person” initiative.

The scheme, gives every year 7 student in the borough the chance to try a new sport. Pupils get the chance of choosing from around 30 different options - including boxing, judo, handball, table tennis, volleyball, Zumba and fencing – which are then provided through a free activity programme.

The World Para Athletics Championships will take place at the London Stadium from 14-23 July.

Sir Robin said: “We were all inspired when the Olympics and Paralympics came to Stratford in 2012. But for me, it was always about much more than just a one off event. I want to make sure there is a real lasting legacy that benefits local people.

“I am delighted that we will be hosting the World Para Athletics Championships this summer – it is what we promised would be one of the legacies of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Shaftesbury Headteacher Geoff Hadlow said: “This opportunity to visit the Para Athletics World Championships will inspire the children. It will also teach them appreciate that people can overcome great challenges and succeed, and like Ade reach unbelievable heights.”

Newham schools can apply for free tickets by following this link:

The deadline for applications is 8:17pm 10 Feb