UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) today announced a new values based education programme in partnership with the British Olympic Association (BOA) and British Paralympic Association (BPA), Get Set for the Spirit of Sport. The programme encourages 10 to 14 year olds to develop a core set of sporting values, enabling them to make the right decisions on and off the field of play.
Get Set for the Spirit of Sport provides primary and secondary schools with free resources which support the aims and objectives of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code and UKAD’s 100% me anti-doping education programme whilst linking into the National Curriculum areas of study. Central to the programme are the Olympic and Paralympic values of respect, friendship, excellence, inspiration, courage, equality and determination.
By exploring these values, young people will be encouraged to examine their decisions and look at how healthy living and active lifestyles impact health and wellbeing, the social benefits of sport, and how they can carry these values into other aspects of their lives.
Get Set for the Spirit of Sport contains a mixture of open-ended, differentiated and exciting classroom based activities and practical activity ideas for three different age groups of young people aged between 10 and 14. Each age category contains a series of six lessons, with additional activity sheets for those who cannot take part in physical activities.
Engaging case studies support lesson activities and will challenge young people to consider their behaviour, and the behaviour of others.
Minister for Sport, Tracey Crouch said:
"It's essential our star athletes of tomorrow are educated on the dangers of doping and the value of clean sport.
“Get Set for the Spirit of Sport is a great way for young people to understand the importance of competing on a level playing field and I would encourage schools across the country to get involved."
UKAD Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead said:
“Get Set for the Spirit of Sport is a really exciting initiative for UKAD. For the first time we are bringing vital anti-doping education into the school environment, which is critical if we are to continue to protect clean sport.
“Using sporting values to teach children how to make the right choices in life is integral to our work. UKAD’s role is first and foremost to prevent doping; it is about stopping the problem at source rather than just simply focusing on the end user. If we can help just one child make the right choice then we are winning the fight against doping.”
Deputy Headteacher of Albrighton Primary School, Howard Auckland said:
“Get Set for the Spirit of Sport had a positive impact on my pupils. Lessons were fun and engaging, they challenged pupils’ views and understanding. I definitely recommend these lessons!”
Physical Education Teacher at Highbury Grove School, Sergio Di Noto said:
“Lessons had a resoundingly positive impact on pupils. They stepped up and demonstrated leadership; actively worked together; and fully invested in fair play.
“During lessons communication was heightened and a relaxed, inclusive atmosphere was created. Lessons exceeded my objectives - I’d repeat them and recommend Get Set for the Spirit of Sport to other teachers”.
To find out more about Get Set for the Spirit of Sport visit http://www.ukad.org.uk/partners/getset
Watch the Get Set for the Spirit of Sport Fair Play film featuring Paralympic medallists Dame Sarah Storey, Danielle Brown and Sophie Wells - https://youtu.be/JLLEuXVb_Dw
Download the Get Set for the Spirit of Sport resources - http://www.getset.co.uk/resources/campaign/get-set-for-the-spirit-of-sport
For a limited time, users who download a Get Set for the Spirit of Sport resource will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win an athlete visit to their school or a 100% me branded goody bag containing beanie hats, stress balls and pens for their whole class.