Spirit of 2012 is one of the funders of Get Set’s Road to Rio - the official youth engagement programme from Team GB and Paralympics GB. It uses the magic of the Games, the Olympic and Paralympic Values to help young people fulfil their potential and get them active.
The Road to Rio Challenge is an exciting initiative for schools and youth groups around the UK. Young people aged five to 19 are encouraged to work in teams to take up an inspirational challenge: get active and imaginative by travelling the full distance from London to Rio. That’s 9,298km in total.
Since the launch of the Road to Rio Challenge, a staggering 957,819,669.93 kilometres have been travelled by 1,939 teams across the UK, involving over 7,000 young people.
Participants can add their physical activity or sport and the duration on the website (www.getset.co.uk/road-to-rio) or using the Road to Rio app to track their progress and win exclusive prizes along the way, including Team GB and ParalympicsGB kit, badges of achievement and even personal messages from athletes.
Lord Sebastian Coe, Chair of the British Olympic Association, said: “The Get Set programme started as a way to inspire and engage young people around London 2012 – and it is still going strong. Since 2012, more than four million young people have been part of it.”
Schools and youth groups who travel the furthest stand a chance of winning once-in-a-lifetime visits from Olympic or Paralympic athletes. They can easily share their achievements via the Get Set website or on social media using the hashtag #GSRoadtoRio.
Annamarie Phelps, Vice-Chair of the British Paralympic Association, explained: “The Road to Rio app is a great way to get young people working together as a team and has helped make sport and physical activity a normal part of their everyday lives. The app brings the Olympic and Paralympic Values to life and I am sure that the young people using it have fun learning what Get Set is all about on their virtual journey to Rio.”
Rebecca Chambers, a teacher and PE Coordinator at Bowes Primary School, who took part in the challenge, said: “We held a Road to Rio day where our pupils planned their activities and measured out the distances. We got everyone involved and travelled 2,500 kilometres. It’s motivating and inspiring seeing the ways to get children involved, and it’s fun!”