G4S to be security sponsor for London 2012

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G4S Secure Solutions has been appointed official Security Services Provider for the London 2012 Games, and the 23rd domestic tier three sponsor.

G4S, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2011, employs 50, 000 people in the UK and it widely heralded as one of the worlds biggest security firms. The company has extensive experience of providing security at major sporting events, including Wimbledon, the Ryder Cup and Grand Prix racing at Silverstone. It has also been responsible for security at the Olympic Park site since 2008. G4S will provide training and management for the 10, 000–strong security workforce that will work closely with Police and local authorities, ensuring the Games remains a safe event for competitors and spectators alike. Security personnel will also be present at all competition and non–competition venues during the Games, carrying out a variety of tasks to enable LOCOG to host a secure competition. LOCOG CEO Paul Deighton said: " This deal represents where we are with our plans for the Games – were now looking at operational delivery. G4S will help us ensure that the security provisions in place are robust and of the highest professionalism and we welcome them to the London 2012 family. " LOCOG and G4S will work in tandem with the Bridging the Gap project, a scheme part–established by LOCOG which focuses on identifying talented people from further education colleges and producing a workforce for the Games. The initiative is set to bring thousands of new recruits into the security industry, and has been awarded the London 2012 'Inspire Mark'. Meanwhile, applications for tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games opened on 15 March 2011 for residents of the UK and designated European countries. The application process is open for a six–week period until 11. 59pm on 26 April 2011. People can apply any time during the 42–day application period via the London 2012 ticketing website or using the paper application form contained in the official ticketing guide, which is available from branches of Lloyds TSB in England and Wales, Bank of Scotland in Scotland and public libraries in Northern Ireland. Applicants are being asked to bear in mind that it is not a first–come, first–served system, and there is no advantage to applying earlier in the process. People who are not a resident of the UK or one of the designated European countries, regardless of citizenship, can apply for tickets from today via their National Olympic Committee (NOC) or Authorised Ticket Reseller (ATR). To find out more, please read the information on ticket eligibility. Earlier this year, the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) published the Olympic Games sports competition schedule, which features 645 separate sessions across 26 Olympic sports. There are a wide range of ticket prices available across all sports. Adult tickets start at just £20, and LOCOG has created an innovative 'pay your age' scheme at more than 220 sessions for young people who are 16 and under when the Games start on 27 July 2012. People aged 60 or over when the Games start will pay just £16 at these sessions. The lowest priced ticket for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games will be £20. 12, with the highest priced ticket coming in at £2, 012. London 2012 spectators travelling by rail to Olympic and Paralympic sporting venues throughout Britain will benefit from special Games train tickets and extra services. Train operators, including Virgin Trains, have been working with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to offer Olympic and Paralympic spectators the chance to buy rail tickets and book seats a full year in advance, allowing them to plan their travel as soon as they have their sports events tickets. The 2012 Games train fares, which will be able to be purchased through a dedicated website covering all the country's train operators, will offer passengers good value for money and will allow for discounts, such as with Railcards, to be used on top. They have been designed to be flexible, to enable spectators to change the time they return should an event be unexpectedly rescheduled, or if they simply wish to remain longer. Atos Origin, a leading provider of rail retail solutions in the UK and Worldwide IT Partner to the Games, has been chosen as preferred supplier to provide the booking website. Train services will also be boosted to get spectators to and from events. Longer trains and thousands of additional services starting earlier and finishing later will be provided for customers across the Olympic and Paralympic Games, giving spectators time to enjoy the events, socialise and get home safely. A special Games train timetable, developed by train companies and Network Rail, will be announced prior to train tickets going on sale this summer. Network Rail has suspended all improvement works on rail routes serving venues for almost three months next summer, starting four weeks prior to the Games through until the end of the competition.

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