All of the insights from Spirit’s grants to the British Olympic Foundation
The British Olympic Foundation Get Set programmes use the power of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to inspire young people and their families to be active, wherever they are.
Total grant amount
August 2014 – March 2025
British Olympic Foundation
Path to Paris
Project spend: £180,458
Project duration: 2 years
Path to Paris builds on the enormously successful Road to Rio and award-winning Travel to Tokyo and Bound for Beijing programmes, which used the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games to engage inactive families to encourage them to be more active together on a regular basis.
Path to Paris will use the inspiration of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to encourage 5 to 11 year old children, their families and communities to get more active and form longer lasting habits towards physical activity.
The programme will use the power of Team GB and Paralympics GB to change attitudes and break down barriers that prevent people from getting active.
Spirit’s funding will allow the programme to expand across the UK, engaging with families and communities across Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and will work in partnership with Sport England who will fund the programme in England.
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.
Tavel 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 Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
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 – focused on the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games – is Get Set’s latest programme. Aimed at schools and families, participants are encouraged to log activities, with the challenge of scaling Mount Spirit.
951,445 pupils from 5,000 schools participated in Travel to Tokyo and Bound for Beijing, including 239,082 pupils from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Encourage young people and their families across the UK to get active in the lead-up to Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020
- Support families to change their attitudes and behaviours to getting active by encouraging them to join in and try something new
The kids that were engaged with physical activity who maybe weren’t so active before, were making a choice to compete, they wanted to show me as much as anybody else how much they were doing.
Today myself and Kevin tried something new. We grabbed our bikes and went on a mini bike ride. For myself it has been a very long time riding a bike but I was reminded how free I feel. Kevin said he didn’t feel overly confident in going fast but he enjoyed going at a steady pace and staying on the cycle path. I think we will make this a regular activity.