It’s not just elite athletes that have got their eyes on Tokyo 2020 now as we have teamed up with the British Olympic and Paralympic associations to help children and their families get active.
We've invested £2.6 million of National Lottery money, from our Families Fund, in the Travel to Tokyo project, part of the associations’ Get Set programme.
The project aims to inspire children aged 5-11 and their families to try new activities together in the run up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, by joining athletes on a virtual journey from London to Tokyo.
The project has a potential reach of more than 300,000 children and half a million family members
Following a successful pilot in Merseyside, the programme will launch nationwide in English primary schools from June 2019.
“Our challenge is to turn the excitement and inspiration of international sporting events like the Olympics and the Paralympics into action by supporting more children and families to try new sports or activities and become regularly active,” said Mike Diaper, our executive director of children and young people and tackling inactivity.
“This programme does just that, by creating a fun way for families to get active together, regardless of their level of experience.
“We know the importance of how working and playing together as family can build active habits.
“Children from active families are far more likely to take a positive attitude to playing sport or being active into their adult lives.”