Olympic tickets secured for young people

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THOUSANDS of pounds in taxpayers money has been spent to send children to the Olympic Games.

Herts County Council has splashed out a total of £7,325 on the sought after 2012 tickets.

Of these 100 are for seats at the county’s Lee Valley White Water Centre in Waltham Cross for canoe and kayaking events from July 29 to August 2. A further five tickets have been bought for the opening ceremony.

It has not been decided how the tickets, which will be for ‘special’ young people, will be allocated.

Among those to be chosen will be children in care, young carers and budding athletes.

As a host authority for the Olympic slalom event, the council got to apply for tickets in 2010, outside of the public ballot.

Councillor Richard Roberts, who oversees children’s services, said: “Right from the start, we were determined that, if we were lucky enough to get hold of these tickets, they should not be given to councillors or employees, but should be used to inspire some of the county’s special children.”