Olympians and Paralympians set for arena homecoming event
Yorkshire’s Olympic and Paralympic heroes will be given a homecoming to remember with a major event at the Leeds first direct arena on October 10.
Athletes attending include Jess Learmonth, Jonny Brownlee, Georgia Taylor-Brown, Jack Laugher MBE and Hannah Cockroft MBE among many others - with more athletes being confirmed daily.
Tickets are available to the public for just £5 per ticket which includes a donation to charity SportsAid, an organisation that has supported so many of the Yorkshire athletes, and will include live entertainment including headline Yorkshire act, The Skylights, along with Phoenix Dance, Yorkshire Prose live poetry and other acts. Tickets have been priced as affordably as possible to give thousands of people the chance to be part of this historic event to celebrate our county’s athletes under one roof, together.
Channel 4, who have just opened their new National HQ in Leeds, is backing the event – which will take place on Sunday October 10 from 3-5pm – as headline partner. Tickets go on sale on Friday from 9am via the arena. In addition to the public tickets, free tickets will be distributed to local grassroots sports clubs, and organisations working with more vulnerable children and young people to enable these groups to attend the event.
All of Yorkshire’s 22 councils are joining forces on the event, with Leeds City Council acting as lead organiser supported by Yorkshire and Humber Councils.
Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor James Lewis, said:
“Our Leeds and Yorkshire athletes performed brilliantly at Tokyo 2020, and this homecoming celebration event promises to be the perfect way of congratulating them all on their inspiring achievements. The first direct arena will be the ideal venue and we are delighted to have Channel 4 supporting the event, so we look forward to a really special day honouring our sporting heroes and the importance of grassroots sports across the county which helped produce them.”
Sinead Rocks, Channel 4 MD Nations and Regions, said:
“Channel 4 is delighted to join the celebrations welcoming back Yorkshire’s athletes from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic and Olympic Games. Having just opened our new national HQ at the Majestic in Leeds, we’re thrilled to be able to join the party giving our athletes a rousing welcome home.”
Phillip Spurr, Programme Director for Economic Development, Business and Partnerships for Ryedale District Council said:
“Ryedale District Council is pleased to support such a wonderful event that celebrates Yorkshire’s top athletes. Representatives from our grassroots sports clubs that support our young athletes and communities will be there.”
Tickets are £5 plus booking fee and can be purchased via the arena. For more see www.firstdirectarena.com
Notes to editors
Media are welcome to attend the event. Please confirm attendance with full names by 10am Wednesday October 6 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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Athletes already confirmed:
Jack Laugher MBE
Hannah Cockroft MBE