Clydebank kids have the chance to watch Olympic football at Hampden thanks to a ticket give-away by West Dunbartonshire’s sports agency.
WD Leisure’s Sports Development Unit was given 350 tickets from the Games Legacy. It will distribute them to children who attended summer sports camps.
Available matches include women’s reigning Olympic champions the United States, who finished runners-up in last year’s World Cup. Their first outing at Hampden is tomorrow (July 25) against a strong French side, who will be looking for revenge after losing to the Americans in the semi final of that competition.
The US won three of the past four editions of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, taking gold at Beijing 2008, Athens 2004 and their home Games at Atlanta in 1996. They also claimed silver at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and are currently ranked as the world’s number one side in the women’s game.
Councillor David McBride, the chair of WD Leisure, said: “I encourage the families of children who have attended the camps to contact Sports Development and place a request for the free tickets. This is a wonderful opportunity for West Dunbartonshire families to take part in the Olympic experience and encourage their children’s interest in sports.”
Tickets are available for four match days, two of which are ‘double-headers’ – where a second game kicks off shortly after the end of the first. To place a request for the remaining tickets, contact Sports Development on 01389 756384.
Hampden Park Olympic football matches available:
Wednesday, July 25 - Women’s preliminary round.
Double-Header: USA v France (kick-off 5pm) and Columbia v North Korea (kick-off 7.45pm)
Saturday, July 28 - Women’s preliminary round.
Double-Header: USA v Colombia (kick-off 5pm) and France v North Korea (kick-off 7.45pm)
Wednesday, August 1 – Men’s preliminary round.
Egypt v Belarus (kick off 2.30pm)
Friday, August 3 – Women’s quarter final.
Winner of Group F v runner-up of Group G (kick off 12 noon)
Watch highlights of the 2011 World Cup Semi Final between the USA and France: