Salford Pupils Joined Olympic and Paralympic Athletes to launch Get Set: Travel to Tokyo

3rd October 2019

With less than a year to go, families across the country are getting active together in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Salford kicked off the Travel to Tokyo programme with a visit to Irlam & Cadishead Leisure Centre, for Irlam Endowed Primary School who met Para Cycling Gold Medalist, Lora Fachie.

Salford was chosen to launch the campaign as it has the most primary schools already registered for the scheme and building up points.

Parents, teachers and pupils all came out to enjoy the coach-led activities at Irlam & Cadishead Leisure Centre including exercises and activities including hockey and keep fit.

Travel to Tokyo aims to inspire children aged 5-11 and their families to try new activities and get active together in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. By joining athletes on an active journey from London to Tokyo, participants will be in with the chance to win some fantastic prizes as young people work together to reach the December 2020 finish line.

Pupils were taught hockey skills and then played a hockey match which was watched by Paralympian Lora Fachie who then did an inspiring talk with all the children about what it takes to be a world class cyclist and leading sportsperson.

Lora Fachie said:

"It's great to see a new generation of young people so excited about getting active thanks to Travel to Tokyo! It has such a positive message in that Salford pupils and their families can find their own favourite ways to get active and that there is a sport or activity for everyone out there and it's just about finding it."

The programme is part of Get Set, Team GB and Paralympic's GB's youth engagement programme, with £2.6 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England, and support from partners including UKActive.

Chairman of the British Olympic Foundation, Dr Neil Townshend, said:

"It's been such a positive start to the Travel  to Tokyo programme across the country and we are already hearing some brilliant stories about how families have been getting active as part of their Travel to Tokyo. It's fantastic to see the interaction between our Olympians and the young people and their families and once again highlights the great work in communities that can be achieved through the power of sport."

Mike Sharrock, Chief Executive of the BPA said:

"I'm delighted that the British Paralympic Association, through the work of Get Set and the Travel to Tokyo programme - funded by Sport England - can help play such an important role in getting the nation active.

For further information please contact Alison Short at Project Communications for Salford Community Leisure at 07530 732 071 or projectcommunicationsAS@gmail.com.

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