British Olympic Foundation

Get Set

Get Set’s programmes use the power of events to inspire young people and their families to be active, wherever they are.

Project information


Project spend

5 Years

Project duration

August 2014 – March 2022

Project dates

Road to Rio

  • Project spend: £600,000
  • Project duration: 2 years

Get Set is the official youth engagement programme of the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association.

Originally created as the official London 2012 education programme, Get Set uses the Olympic and Paralympic Movements to help inspire young people aged 5—19 to get active and live the Olympic and Paralympic Values.

Supported by Spirit of 2012, Get Set launched its Road to Rio in 2014 which included a mobile app enabling young people to work in teams and turn physical activity into kilometres, virtually travelling the 9,289 km to Rio. Get Set also launched the Values Awards: interactive, online courses encouraging young people to develop key life skills, character and resilience through exploring the Olympic and Paralympic Values.

Travel To Tokyo/Bound for Beijing

  • Project spend: £294,244
  • Project duration: 3 years

Travel to Tokyo was a programme to help families across the UK to get active in the run up to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The programme used the power of Team GB and Paralympics GB to change attitudes and break down barriers that prevent people from getting active.

Following the Road to Rio programme, Travel to Tokyo received initial funding from Sport England. Spirit’s grant built on this funding, allowing the programme to expand across the UK, engaging with families and communities across the Home Nations.

Through Travel to Tokyo, families logged physical activity, meeting weekly goals, enjoyed fun and flexible activity ideas and won prizes. To support families to stay active at home during lockdown, Travel to Tokyo created a Home Learning Pack filled with fun, quick and easy activities that encouraged young people to get active using simple household items as equipment.

Travel to Tokyo engaged 4,100 primary schools across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with the aim of ensuring that every pupil across the UK had the opportunity to work alongside their families in building healthy habits through fun family activities that last a lifetime.

Building on the success of Road to Rio and Travel to Tokyo, Bound for Beijing which focuses on the Winter Olympics and Paralympic is Get Set’s latest programme. Aimed at schools and families, participants are encouraged to log activities, with the challenge of scaling Mount Spirit.

Project aims

  1. Encourage young people and their families across the UK to get active in the lead-up to Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020
  2. Support families to change their attitudes and behaviours to getting active by encouraging them to join in and try something new

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