"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."
Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Andy Hunt, Chief Executive of the British Olympic Association and Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association have today announced that the London 2012 education programme, Get Set, will continue to work with schools across the UK to integrate the Olympic and Parlaympic values into their curriculum.
The British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association will partner together to take the Get Set programme forward. A new website will be launched featuring a range of resources including activity ideas, assemblies, project ideas and films focused on the Olympic and Paralympic Values. Teachers will also be able to share their work and ideas with each other through the site.
The announcement was made at the Get Set conference in London hosted by Olympian Jonathan Edwards and attended by Seb Coe, Edward Timpson MP, Andy Hunt and Tim Hollingsworth and more than 450 teachers and school leaders from Get Set network schools across the UK.
Throughout the conference delegates shared their experiences of Get Set – the official London 2012 education programme – and heard more about the success of the programme with which more than 26,000 schools and colleges have registered to receive access to resources and opportunities inspired by London 2012. 91% of registered schools (just under 24,000) have undertaken Paralympic activity as part of the programme and 84% of teachers say that Get Set had a positive impact on their enthusiasm and motivation in 2012. Delegates also attended workshops and seminars and started planning for legacy.
Seb Coe, LOCOG Chair, said: ‘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. 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.’
Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of the British Paralympic Association said: ‘The London 2012 Paralympic Games were a step change for the Paralympic movement in this country. 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.’
Get Set is the official London 2012 education programme for schools and colleges across the UK. It provides free learning resources for 3-19 year olds to find out more about the Games and explore the Olympic Values of excellence, friendship and respect, and the Paralympic Values of determination, inspiration, courage and equality. It also offers access to exciting prizes and opportunities through participation in competitions and partner programmes. There are over 26,500 schools and colleges registered with Get Set.
The Get Set network is the London 2012 reward and recognition scheme for the active community of schools and colleges across the UK that are demonstrating a commitment to living the Olympic and Paralympic Values. Members of the network gain the right to use the London 2012 education logo, and were given priority access to the most exclusive prizes and opportunities. There are over 20,000 members of the Get Set network. Visit www.london2012.com/getset for more information.