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London 2012 ticket give-away set up by Barnsley Council

Barnsley Council is to give away almost 70 tickets for the 2012 Olympic Games, the BBC has been told.

The council will give members of the community an opportunity to get 68 tickets, which it bid for in the public ballot.

Oliver Coppard, of the council, said the give-away would "recognise and reward achievement and aspiration".

The scheme is part of a collaboration the council made with Newham Council in 2008.

Winners of the tickets will be able to see a range of sports including badminton, boxing and judo during the Games.

Tickets in flour

The Newham-Barnsley Partnership was set-up in 2008 to ensure Barnsley people would be involved in the 2012 Olympics.

Barnsley has said the community has since been involved in a number of events and projects.

Mr Coppard, who is the partnership manager, said the ticket give-away would be focused around children and young people in Barnsley.

More than 60 schools in the borough have been involved, using a "praise postcard" method where pupils are given an Olympic postcard by a teacher to recognise their achievements.

The postcards will then later be collected by the council and put into a ballot process, with the winners being awarded a pair of Olympic 2012 tickets.

As well as the ballot method, the council is planning to ask people to nominate their "unsung hero" as part of the opportunity to win tickets.

The authority is also planning a "Willy Wonka style give-away" for a pair of tickets to a popular Olympic event.

Although details have not yet been confirmed, the council said it was considering putting a pair of "must-have tickets" in a bag of flour from Worsbrough Mill in 2012.

For those who do not win tickets, the council told the BBC it was planning to run a bus service to Newham to "ensure that people who wouldn't usually be able to get down to the Games can hop on the bus".

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