Team GB and ParalympicsGB are encouraging our nation’s schools to get behind our competitors this summer with the launch of Share Your Pride, an inclusive and engaging programme created to inspire young people aged 5 – 16. The aim is to bring the nation together and build support for the athletes who will be going for gold at the Tokyo 2020 Games, which kicks off in less than a month.
Share Your Pride, accessible online for the whole of the summer, is part of Get Set, the official youth engagement programme from Team GB and ParalympicsGB. Get Set, has been running since London 2012, helping teachers inspire pupils to fulfil their full potential and live healthy, active lifestyles. Using the Olympic & Paralympic values to encourage behaviours like friendship, respect, equality and courage. All Get Set resources are completely free for teachers with a flexible range of curriculum-linked resources including PE, PSHE, English, History and much more.
Alongside the thought-provoking, creative and fun resources, Share Your Pride has also factored in some activities that have additional incentives for young people to participate that not only share support with our athletes but allows them to share their pride with their classmates, families and also themselves – after a challenging year we know there is a lot to reflect on.
Firstly, the Proud Postcard challenge provides an opportunity for pupils/students to share motivational and encouraging messages to Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes competing this summer. It’s important to remember that, unlike usual Olympic & Paralympic Games, there will be no British crowd supporting the athletes so these postcards will be a brilliant way that they can share their support, with entries being shared digitally and read by the athletes themselves. To share students’ Proud Postcard messages use #ShareYourGBPride on Twitter or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
The second challenge gives students the chance to win a pair of adidas trainers. The Design a Trainer challenge allows pupils to get creative designing a new trainer brand. The trainer has space to include a supportive slogan for Team GB and ParalympicsGB. Consider encouraging the use of red, white and blue to complement the Team GB and ParalympicsGB kit for Tokyo 2020.
Neil Townshend, Chairman of the British Olympic Foundation, said
“The tremendous support shown by our nation during the games has always been second to none. This year, more than ever, the online support generated by initiatives like Share Your Pride will go such a long way in motivating our athletes in Tokyo, showing them that we’re behind them all the way especially as fans won’t be attending this year.”
Mike Sharrock, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association commented:
“We can’t wait to see all the fun and creative work pupils will be sharing with us as part of the Share Your Pride resources. The Get Set programme is focused on making a difference to young people and it will be so nice to see how pupils across the UK are able to motivate our competitors – with money can’t buy experiences for some of our winners”
All of the resources are available here and are the perfect way to encourage creativity in the classroom. The resources are quick, fun and easy to use. Teachers that sign up to Get Set and get involved in Share Your Pride will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win exclusive Team GB and ParalympicsGB kits, themselves.
Share how your school has been preparing for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and showing your support using the hashtag #ShareYourGBPride and download the free resources to encourage pupils to come together as one team and support our nation this summer.