Aldi, Team GB and ParalympicsGB are marking the 10th anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by launching the Get Set to Eat Fresh Design a Comic Strip competition. School children aged 5–14 are invited to bring to life their vision of a future Olympic or Paralympic Games in a fun and creative way – creating a comic strip! Winners will receive £1,000 cash for their school, a £100 Aldi voucher and a whole host of Team GB and ParalympicsGB goodies. The overall winner will also have their comic showcased in Aldi stores nationwide!
The campaign has been launched by ParalympicsGB rower, Lauren Rowles MBE, and Team GB diver, Jack Laugher MBE. The athletes will work alongside a judging panel from Aldi, Team GB and ParalympicsGB to select a winner from three different categories: ages 5–7, 7–11 and 11–14 – alongside one overall winner. The panel will be on the lookout for exciting, inventive and fun designs, which showcase a clear vision for the Games and include at least one healthy food! The deadline for all entries is Friday 24 June.
To help get students inspired, teachers can download the free competition resources from the Get Set to Eat Fresh website. Alongside the entry and cover sheets, the supporting resources have been created to get children thinking about how the Olympic and Paralympic Games have changed – and remained the same – over time. Students will also be encouraged to discuss the different foods people eat at the Games and how the sport, events and food may change in the future.
By entering the competition, students will be challenged to get creative and incorporate feedback to create a truly eye-catching, futuristic design.
“Come on, kids! Let’s get creative,” remarked Lauren Rowles MBE. “We want to see your amazing ideas of what we might be able to see, do or eat at a future Olympic or Paralympic Games. There’s only one rule. Your entry must include one item of food. That can be an athlete’s breakfast or a fruit stall for fans at the stadium. That really is it. Oh, and don’t forget to send your entry by 24 June!”
“We can’t wait to see your ideas” added Jack Laugher MBE. “Perhaps you think a future Usain Bolt will be breaking records for a 100m sprint on the moon. Or new technology will mean new sports are invented! Or maybe we’ll come together to find more sustainable ways to travel to the Games. There really is no limit to your imagination. I’m so excited to see what you come up with. Good luck!”
Adam Zavalis, Marketing Director of Aldi UK, said: “We’ve been fuelling Team GB with healthy food since 2015 and I’m delighted that ParalympicsGB has joined our great Get Set to Eat Fresh programme. The Design a Comic Strip competition is just one of the ways we hope to inspire children to think about healthy, active lifestyles and explore their best futures. On your marks, get set – draw!”
Get Set to Eat Fresh is a nationwide healthy eating initiative from Aldi, Team GB and ParalympicsGB. The programme creates free teaching materials for teachers and families to support young people aged 5–14 in developing their love and curiosity about healthy food and the skills they need to cook nutritious, low-cost meals. Since its launch in 2015, the Get Set to Eat Fresh programme has reached over 2.2 million young people and, with ParalympicsGB joining the programme this year, aims to further expand to reach 3 million by 2024. The programme has been well reviewed by teachers, with 92 per cent of those surveyed saying they would recommend Get Set to Eat Fresh to a colleague.
To find out more about the Get Set to Eat Fresh Design a Comic Strip competition, please visit: getseteatfresh.co.uk/resources/designacomicstrip