Free ticket giveaway scheme for Olympic football at Hampden extended

A scheme to give away Olympic football tickets for free for matches in Scotland has been extended weeks before the Games kick off.

On Tuesday, the organiser of the London 2012 Games confirmed it was handing out 50,000 tickets to children and young people for the eight matches that will be held at the national stadium in Glasgow.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that the tickets would be given away through schools and had now been extended to include sport clubs, charities and youth projects.

The rollout of the free ticket scheme comes amid recent reports of poor sales for the matches.

Ms Sturgeon said: "This is an exceptional opportunity for children and young people in Scotland to be part of the whole Olympic experience and to encourage their participation in sport.

"Having the Olympic football tournaments here in Scotland is an exciting chance to truly get into the spirit of the Games and I would urge everyone who can to come along. I hope to see a great turn-out from across the country.

"It's a fantastic chance to promote Scotland to a global audience; every country playing at Hampden will be made to feel enormously welcome."

Tickets are also still available for sale for all matches overseen by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog).

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