British Olympic Foundation

About us

The British Olympic Foundation (BOF) is the charitable arm of the British Olympic Association, responsible for the development of the Olympic Movement, its ideals and values and encouraging participation in and awareness of Olympic sport within the UK.  

The Foundation aims to create learning opportunities for young people through sport and education to encourage personal development, fair play and personal excellence. With a variety of initiatives including; sports camps, workshops, conferences, international exchanges to education packs the BOF aims to touch young people's lives with the Olympic dream from primary through to university level students.

The Foundations trustees have overall responsibility for the direction, management and control of the Foundation.

The Board

Chairman                         John James OBE

Trustees                             Neil Townshend


CEO                                   Jan Paterson MBE

Company Secretary        Kevin Shouler


Our Programmes

Get Set



Get Set is the Olympic and Paralympic education programme for schools across the UK, delivered by the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association as part of the legacy of the London 2012 education programme.

Building on the achievements of the programme before the London 2012 Games, Get Set supports schools across the UK to continue their work on the Olympic and Paralympic Values and use the power of the Games to inspire children and young people, helping them to fulfil their potential.

The programme also aims to:

 - Provide all young people aged 5-19 years, in every school in the UK with the opportunity to learn about, define and live the Olympic and Paralympic Values.

 - To build excitement about Team GB, ParalympicsGB and the Olympic and Paralympic Summer and Winter Games, the Youth Olympic Games and other Olympic and Paralympic events.

 - To recognise and reward schools and colleges which demonstrate a commitment to the Values.

Through Get Set, schools have access to an updated, engaging digital platform ( featuring flexible, cross-curricular resources linked to the Olympic and Paralympic Values including facts, activity and project ideas, images and films which use the inspiration of the Games to help teachers bring the Values to life and encourage students to apply them in their everyday lives. The flexible resources can be used by students of all abilities and learning styles.

Adjoining Get Set are the Get Set + programmes, these include:

Get Set’s Road to Rio, partly funded by Spirit of 2012 Trust, is an enhancement to the ‘core’ of the website. Launched in early 2014 it provides a range of exciting opportunities which connect young people to the magic and excitement of Team GB, ParalympicsGB and the action which will unfold in Brazil in 2016.

In addition to regular new online resources and digital content, there are three key deliverables: the Road to Rio app, encouraging young people to get active and log their activity in the pursuit of travelling the 9298km from London to Rio; a series of Google Hangouts, giving young people the chance to talk to athletes and officials about their Rio 2016 preparations; and the Values Awards to recognise and reward young people for demonstrating an understanding and commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic Values.

Get Set to Eat Fresh, in partnership with Aldi launched in October 2015. The programme is for 7–14 year olds and supports the learning about nutrition, cooking and healthy eating. Get Set to Eat Fresh uses Team GB athletes to help students understand how healthy, fresh food powers us all to perform at our best.

Get Set for Community Action
, funded by Big Lottery Fund, is a second phase to Get Set to Make a Change (GSTMC) and works on the same principles as GSTMC encouraging 14-19 year olds to deliver projects and events to make their communities healthier, more active places to live. However, for GSFCA young people will be encouraged to work with community partners including local residential homes, community centres, libraries and support groups to plan and run their projects.

Get Set for the Spirit of Sport, funded by UKAD lunched in October 2015. Young people learn about the values of sport and the rules or guiding principles which govern clean sport around the world.  It challenge’s young people to consider their behaviour, and the behaviours of others, and to make the right decisions on and off the field of play.

Get Set to Play, funded by P&G, launched in 2014 and is designed to help primary schools make playtimes more active and more positive.  Inspired by the Olympic Values of friendship, excellence and respect these resources aim to get pupils having fun, working together and being more active during indoor play.  

Set to Ace It, in partnership with the Tennis Foundation, launched in January 2016 and is for children age 7–15 years using tennis and the Olympic and Paralympic Values to help improve knowledge, skills and confidence in key curriculum subjects by using physical activity to make learning more enjoyable, memorable and fun.

NGB Portal, by working closely with our National Governing Bodies we have a section on the website where we are able to promote opportunities and programmes being run by each sport.

National Olympic Academy (NOA)



The aim of the NOA is to bring together a variety of individuals from various sporting backgrounds and to disseminate information whilst encouraging discussion on current issues affecting the Olympic Movement and sport, both nationally and internationally.

Those invited to attend the NOA are; Higher Education Institutions - PE Departments, National Olympic Committee members, Athletes Commission members and past participants of the NOA.  The majority of participants are usually comprised of university students, lecturers, athletes, coaches and sports administrators.

The NOA provides the framework for an intellectual/academic forum in relation to the Olympic Movement.  Presentations are given by leading experts, senior lecturers, and international sportsmen and women.  Participants have the opportunity to share their ideas in discussion groups, from which a report is produced on their findings.

Olympic Day Run



The Olympic Day Run was first launched by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1987 with a view to encouraging all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to celebrate ‘Olympic Day’ - the anniversary of the founding of the IOC on 23 June 1894.  The Olympic Day Run concept was originally proposed by the IOC’s Sport for All Commission, whose specific aim is to encourage mass participation in sport.

The BOF manages the Olympic Day Run through the Get Set Programme, incentivising schools to take part by offering T-shirts and resources to enable them to run a successful event.