One thousand free tickets to BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012 for Games Makers and young people of the six Olympic Boroughs

This, however, is an opportunity to say thank you to some of those that have made 2012 so special, the brilliant volunteer Games Makers and the young people of the Host Boroughs who have made such an impact through sport in their local communities.”Barbara Slater, Director, BBC Sport
Date: 19.11.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.58
Category: BBC One; Sport
In celebration of an amazing sporting 12 months the BBC is to give away 1000 free tickets to BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012.

Five hundred tickets will be balloted to London 2012 Games Maker volunteers via the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) in recognition of their contribution to sport in the UK this year and a further 500 will be balloted as pairs, in conjunction with national youth volunteering charity vInspired, to youngsters from the six Olympic and Paralympic Games Host Boroughs who have been using sport to deliver real change in their communities.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year will celebrate the extraordinary events of the last 12 months in a star-studded extravaganza at Excel London on Sunday 16 December, joined by a capacity crowd of over 15,000, and broadcast live on BBC One and BBC One HD.

Barbara Slater, Director, BBC Sport, says: “2012 has been such a fantastic year for sport in the UK with incredible performances from our sportsmen and women. This, however, is an opportunity to say thank you to some of those that have made 2012 so special, the brilliant volunteer Games Makers and the young people of the Host Boroughs who have made such an impact through sport in their local communities.”

Process for Games Makers: LOCOG will run a random ballot through their database for all Games Makers who lent their time, energy and expertise to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. With an equal chance for everyone and with one ticket per person on offer, should someone not be able to attend then their ticket will pass onto the next name drawn from the ballot. LOCOG will advise Games Makers who have been successful in the ballot later today by email (Monday 19 November).

Process for young people of the Host Boroughs: BBC Sport Outreach will hold an Olympic legacy session for young people in early December in each of the six Host Boroughs - Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Working with vInspired, the BBC will send out invitations to youngsters that have made a real difference in their community through sport-inspired voluntary projects. Attendees will then be able to register their names for a ballot at these sessions and names will be drawn at the end to receive a pair of tickets to BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The ticket allocations will be divided equally between each borough.

For more information please visit bbc.co.uk/sportspersonality

Notes to Editors

vInspired is an independent charity that helps young people improve their skills, confidence and employability, whilst doing good things through volunteering and social action. Working with a network of partner organisations across the country, it provides a range of online and off-line programmes to suit every young person regardless of their commitments, interests and abilities making volunteering fun, rewarding and easy. A core part of its work in the past two years has been to encourage Olympic and sport relating volunteering across the six Olympic Boroughs.

LW