MORE than 300 tickets for the Paralympic Games are to be made available to disabled pupils at Dacorum secondary schools and to volunteers.
As the announcement was made last week that the Olympic Torch will be visiting Hemel Hempstead in the run-up to the Games in July next year, the Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted & Bulbourne Rotary Clubs announced that they have acquired tickets to the Games on September 6 and 7 next year.
Working with local secondary schools, the clubs want to provide disabled pupils with a ticket and an able-bodied pupil volunteer helper to attend as well.
In addition to offering the youngsters a fantastic opportunity to visit the Olympic venues, it is hoped the move will encourage an awareness and involvement in both volunteering and sports for the disabled.
Dacorum Rotary Clubs spokesman Tony Ford said: “All secondary schools in the borough want to get involved, including those without any disabled pupils.”
It is also hoped that the momentous occasion of the Olympic Torch coming to Hemel Hempstead will provide a stimulus for wider volunteering in the town.
The Dacorum Volunteer Centre in Hemel Hempstead is hoping that people in the area will be willing to volunteer some of their time to help out during the special visit.
Vice-chairman of trustees at the centre Tony Amies said: “We’ve been involved for some months now, running courses aimed at the volunteering legacy of the games.
“People will be used to help in so many ways with Olympic projects taking place.
“The volunteer centre sees itself as a central place where people who might want to take part can come and find out more – both by encouraging and being a channel to their volunteering ambitions.
“Hopefully it will be a starting point for people to continue volunteering in the community.”