BOA and BPA to take over London 2012 education programme "Get Set"
Friday, 05 October 2012
October 5 - The British Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA) are set to take over the official London 2012 education programme, Get Set, to ensure that it will continue to feature in schools across the United Kingdom.
In order to continue the programme, which aims to integrate the Olympic and Paralympic values into the school curriculum, the BOA and BPA will work in partnership with a new website bein launched to feature a range of resources including activity ideas, assemblies, project ideas and films.
The announcement was made at the Get Set conference attended by London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe, BOA chief executive Andy Hunt and BPA chief executive Tim Hollingsworth, as well as around 450 teachers and school leaders from Get Set network schools across the UK.
"I have travelled the UK in the past four years to see first-hand how our education programme has inspired an interest in sport in young people," said Coe.
"I'm delighted that the BOA and BPA are partnering to ensure that Get Set lives on and the Olympic and Paralympic values continue to be integrated into the curriculum of schools across the UK."
Get Set has seen over 26,000 schools and colleges register to receive access to resources and opportunities inspired by London 2012, while 91 per cent of them have undertaken Paralympic activity as part of the programme.
In addition, 84 per cent of teachers say that Get Set had a positive impact on their enthusiasm and motivation in 2012.
"The Get Set programme provides a powerful and important vehicle for connecting young people with the spirit and values of the Olympic and Paralympic Movement and we are honoured to accept the baton from London 2012 to continue this important initiative," said Hunt.
"We are fully committed to taking forward the Get Set programme in partnership with the BPA to ensure that the inspiration and excitement created by the outstanding performances of British athletes this summer continues to enthuse future generations of young people across the UK to learn about and live by the Olympic and Paralympic values."
Hollingsworth was equally enthusiastic.
"The London 2012 Paralympic Games were a step change for the Paralympic Movement in this country," he said.
"The Get Set programme played a vital role in engaging young people in the Paralympics and we're delighted that this resulted not just in them being excited by the thrill of the sport but also had an impact on their attitudes towards disability.
"We're determined to build on this momentum and partnering with our colleagues at the BOA on the Get Set programme is instrumental in this."