Dedicated Britons desperate for a dose of long overdue physical activity believe Team GB and ParalympicsGB’s Travel to Tokyo program is the perfect way to get back on the move.
The countdown to the Olympic Games is on, and in less than 50 days until the opening ceremony, the virtual Challenge Travel to Tokyo will encourage schools and families to take action.
As part of Get Set, Team GB and ParalympicsGB’s youth engagement program, Travel to Tokyo enables young people and their families to get active and develop healthy habits.
Launched with funding from Sport England and Spirit of 2012, the initiative encourages young people – and their classmates – to take action and celebrate their progress as a school team.
Shocking recent results from Sport England found that well under half of children and teenagers (44.9 percent) – 3.2 million total – were getting the recommended average of an hour or more of exercise per day.
But new research shows that a whopping eight in ten of us (82 percent) believe that the best motivation through lockdown is to be active together as a family. Well over three quarters (79 percent) say traveling to Tokyo could help them and their families integrate activities into their daily lives.
More than one and a half million people were moved to action by the challenge, and Andrew Oliver, Assistant Principal at Pallister Park Primary School in Middlesbrough, urges the rest of the country to follow suit.
He said, “The great attraction of Travel to Tokyo at my school is that we run it as a whole school project that everyone, including staff, students and families, can participate in.
“We wanted to motivate students to get them back into good habits when they return to school, and Travel to Tokyo was a perfect fit as anyone with any ability could do it.”
And Mike Sharrock, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, added, “It’s exciting to reach the final stage of Travel to Tokyo this summer semester and to see the incredible progress that over a million participants have made on their virtual trips to Tokyo to have.
“Travel to Tokyo celebrates young people with every ability to do their own thing, and we can’t wait for school teams to support our athletes when we kick off the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games this summer.”
Staying active offers great benefits to young people and their families, and has the potential to reduce stress and anxiety by increasing their wellbeing.
And as part of the innovative Virtual Challenge Travel to Tokyo, every little physical activity can be done online on the Get the set website.
The site has a range of resources to help get the nation moving again in their communities, converting all logged activity into distances to complete the 47,349 kilometer journey around the world from London to the Japanese capital.
The program is fully inclusive and allows the whole family to participate, with the inclusion of household items increasing participation and allowing everyone to get involved.
And the “Travel to Tokyo” initiative also has an academic element. The program enables young people to discover different countries and cultures on their trip to Tokyo.
Prizes such as Nintendo Switches, Micro Scooters and school visits with athletes are also up for grabs and Neil Townshend, Chairman of the British Olympic Foundation, said: “We are very pleased that over 1.5 million participants are taking part in Travel to Tokyo.
“It is so encouraging to see people from across the UK take action and join our athletes on their journey to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games.”
Mike Diaper, Executive Director of Children, Young People and Tackling Inactivity, Sport England added: “It is fantastic to see how many young people and their families are active together as part of the“ Travel to Tokyo ”program.
“Schools, students and families have helped set up hopefully habits for life, everyone has worked so hard and achieved great success.
“I am very happy that you are ending your trip to Tokyo this summer.”
Discover the free school and family activities at getset.co.uk/travel-tokyo . Stay up to date with the latest news on Twitter @GetSetCommunity and @GetSetClub on Instagram and follow the journey with #TTTYourway