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A GROUP of students has been given the chance to tour the Olympic Stadium ahead of the games this summer.

Fifty students from Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School will parade around the stadium, following the route that the athletes will take, as part of the London 2012 Gold Challenge.

They will be joined by veteran team GB athletes and a number of celebrities at the stadium which will host the athletics and paralympic athletics events, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.

Ann Henderson, sports partnership manager, said: “The London 2012 Gold Challenge raises money for a number of national charities which we selected out of a long list and through that committed ourselves to raise money for the NSPCC, Cancer Research, Right to Play and Action for Children. And because we registered before Christmas we are involved in the parade itself.

“We are taking eight students from each year group and the staff have been selected by drawing names out of a hat. There is a lot of excitement around the school because it is just such an opportunity, a once in a lifetime to parade around the stadium. I just hope they all remember their training shoes. They had strict instructions about what they can bring and they have warned it will be like airport security to get in.”

The stadium can hold 80,000 people during the games, there will be 25,000 permanent seats and a temporary seating area which holds a further 55,000 spectators.

The parade will make up one of the site tests before the games.

The school in Stoney Lane has also been granted six tickets for the football at Old Trafford on July 31.

The school is yet to decide who will be attending.