Get Set is the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association’s youth engagement programme. It was originally created as the official London 2012 education programme, to deliver against Lord Coe’s vision to use the Games to inspire a generation of young people.
The programme aims to:
- give all young people the chance to learn about and live the Olympic Values of friendship, excellence and respect and the Paralympic Values of inspiration, determination, courage and equality
- build excitement about Team GB and ParalympicsGB, using the Olympic and Paralympic Games as a hook for learning and participation
The heart of the programme
This website sits at the heart of Get Set. It provides young people, teachers and other adults who work with young people with access to a wide range of opportunities and resources which can be used in the classroom, on the playground and in the community. The website also provides schools and youth groups with the chance to share best practice and learn from each other and acts as a hub, promoting other Olympic and Paralympic opportunities which are delivered by our partners.
More than PE and Sport
Get Set is a flexible, cross-curricular programme, which uses the Values to help young people fulfil their potential in all walks of life. Lots of schools and youth groups use the programme to support their PE and sport offer but it’s just as relevant to the arts, PSHE, geography, leadership and volunteering and so on…
The impact of Get Set
Get Set makes a real difference to young people’s lives.
Using Get Set’s programmes, such as Get Set’s Road to Rio which was partly funded by Spirit of 2012 Trust, has encouraged uptake of a wider range of sports and activities, and more young people taking part in sport in general. Over 80% of young people agree that the programme has contributed to increased participation in physical activity. Over 80% of teachers have found that the programme supports their school’s ethos, and has made the school community more active.
The benefits don’t stop with PE and sport. From teachers surveyed in 2016:
- 91% agree that pupils are more motivated
- 79% feel pupils’ engagement in learning has improved
- 89% agree pupils have increased their self-confidence
- 87% agree pupils have improved their team working skills
Pupils are also aware of the impact of the programme:
- 89% believe they have developed new skills
- 88% acknowledge they now have a wanting to achieve more
- 83% feel more positively about disabled people
Get Set’s Value Awards
In the build-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Get Set’s Road to Rio launched the Values Awards. Created alongside the Road to Rio Challenge – a digital programme that challenged schools to virtually travel the distance between London and Rio (9289km!) – this ongoing awards scheme recognises and rewards young people for living the Olympic and Paralympic Values. Helping young people to reach their potential, the Values Awards encourage students to develop key life skills, character and resilience.