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 and awareness of Olympic sport within the UK. 

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

The BOF trustees have overall responsibility for the direction, management and control of the Foundation. The Foundation takes its responsibility for Good Governance seriously and extensive policies and procedures are in place, being updated annually, to ensure we maintain the highest standards. Various policies can be found in the attached documents: 

Diversity Policy 

Governance Policy

Schedule 1. Delegation and Retention of Functions 2020

2017 Audited accounts

Diversity Action Plan

The Board

Neil Townshend

Neil is a founder Trustee of the British Olympic Foundation having previously chaired the British Olympic Medical Trust. He is a General Practitioner in the Cotswolds who has been involved in Sport and Sports Medicine administration since 1980 after becoming a Winter Olympian in the sport of Luge. He held previous roles as Vice-Chairman of the British Olympic Association, Chairman of the National Sports Medicine Institute of the UK and Chief Medical Officer of the Federation International de Luge. He is a current member of the National Anti-Doping Panel and Safeguarding Children in Sport Panel. He became chair of the British Olympic Foundation in 2017.

Richard Leman OBE (BOA Representative)

Richard is a sport enthusiast and has been involved with the administration of sport for over 25 years. Prior to that he won Olympic Bronze and Gold medals for hockey at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.  He began his sport administration experience in 2000 with England Hockey and was on the Board for seven years before becoming the Chair of GB Hockey for a further ten years. At the same time, he was on the Board of the British Olympic Association, also for ten years. He is currently on the Board for GB Snowsports.  Richard was appointed to the British Olympic Foundation Board in 2017 as the representative of the British Olympic Association.

Vicky Griffiths (Independent Trustee) 

Vicky Griffiths joined the board of the British Olympic Foundation in 2020. She a Partner with Independent Search Partnership LLP, who are Board recruitment specialists. Vicky works with the Boards of a wide range organisations (public, private and non-profit) to help them recruit CEOs, Chairs, NEDs and CFOs. Prior to this, Vicky spent five years at Leathwaite, a financial services boutique search firm, where she set up and led the Board Practice. Before joining Leathwaite in 2015, Vicky worked for five years at Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP in London, where she was responsible for operational and business risk. She started her career as a strategy consultant for Bain & Company and in her early career she also spent time working as a teacher of Economics & Maths at St Edwards School in Oxford and as a boarding houseparent at the Dragon School in Oxford.

In a non-executive capacity, Vicky sits on the Committee of the MCC at Lord’s Cricket Ground, where she has been a playing member since 2001. She is also a Trustee and the Remuneration Committee Chair of Bellevue Place Education Trust, a multi-academy education trust. Vicky graduated from the University of Oxford with an MA (Hons) in Economics & Management and her links with the university continue with her Trustee role for Vincent’s Club. She represented the university at hockey and cricket and also played hockey for England and for British Universities. 

Sam Shave (Independent Trustee)

Sam Shave joined the board of the British Olympic Foundation in 2020 bringing with him ten years’ experience in sport and social impact. He spent six years at Comic Relief where his role was to oversee multi-million-pound partnerships with a range of sports organizations such as The Premier League, BT Sport, EE and Sport England. He worked with them to develop and implement and communicate social change programs that used sport to create genuine social impact. Prior to this he worked in sports sponsorship and PR managing clients such as Lucozade Sport, The Ryder Cup and adidas and therefore brings a unique perspective on the intersection between sport for social change and sponsorship. 
Sam was a founding board member of Street Child United, organisers of the Street Child World Cup who use the power of major sporting events to reduce discrimination and danger for street children all over the world. 

Sam holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Leeds and away from work, you'll find him on a sports pitch somewhere or attempting to keep up with his young son. 

Born Barikor (Independent Trustee) 

Born Barikor is a former athlete and the founder of Our Parks. Born came up with the idea of creating an accessible pathway to exercise for people from lower incomes by working with councils and development agencies to offer the public free outdoor exercise classes. 

Starting with the aim of getting 500 people #FitForFree within the founding borough of Waltham Forest, Born has grown Our Parks to cover the majority of London and
several areas across the UK.  Born wants to get 250,000 Parkers fit by 2021. His aim is to create a mass user sustainable model for fitness in the future, to spread the positive life-changing effects as he knows first-hand that sport, fitness and teamwork can have a beneficial impact on an individual’s health.

Born joined the board of the British Olympic Foundation in 2020. 
Director                            Sarah Lamplough
Company Secretary         Kevin Shouler 

Our Programmes

Get Set



Get Set is the Olympic and Paralympic youth engagement programme, delivered by the British Olympic Foundation and British Paralympic Association as part of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Building on the achievements of the programme before the London 2012 Games, Get Set supports approximately 24,000 schools and youth groups 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.

Get Set aims to use the power of sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Values to:

  • Inspire young people to understand and live the Olympic Values (friendship, excellence, respect) and Paralympic Values (inspiration, determination, courage and quality)
  • Build excitement, advocacy and support for: Team GB; ParalympicsGB; the Olympic and Paralympic Games and Winter Games; the Youth Olympic Games; and other Olympic and Paralympic events
  • Inspire all young people to fulfil their potential and lead healthy, active lifestyles

Through Get Set, schools have access to an engaging digital platform ( featuring flexible, cross-curricular resources linked to the Olympic and Paralympic Values. These include 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.

Over the 2017-2020 quad the programme’s key focus will be the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games helping to build excitement for the Games and drive support of Team GB and ParalympicsGB.

In addition to regular new online resources and digital content, the Tokyo 2020 initiative includes:

  • Digital assemblies, themed, engaging and interactive presentations featuring film clips from Team GB/ParalympicsGB athletes and exclusive images, information and activity suggestions.
  • Get Set Beacons - Get Set Beacons are schools or youth organisations who are passionate about connecting their local communities and getting them active. These schools / organisations received a small amount of seed funding to help their initiatives get off the ground and report back on a termly basis to let Get Set know how their project is going.  Beacons will continue with their local projects and events during 2020, aiming to encourage their local communities to lead healthy, active lifestyles and build excitement about Team GB and ParalympicsGB.
  • Travel to Tokyo follows the popular Road to Rio challenge, which saw young people across the country work in teams to virtually travel the distance to Rio using their choice of physical activity. Travel to Tokyo aims to inspire children aged 5-11 and their families to try new activities and get active together. Teachers create teams and pupils work together, along with their families to log activity to meet their weekly challenges. During the challenge, teams have the opportunity to win prizes, while developing healthy habits, trying new and different sports and learning about the culture of the host city, Tokyo. The final stage of the challenge sees young people and their families travel the distance from London Olympic Stadium to Tokyo through their activity logged as a team.

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

Get Set to Eat Fresh: in partnership with Aldi and launched in October 2015. The award-winning programme is for 5–14 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. The programme has over 11,200 registered teachers and has reached over 1.6 million young people in the short time it has been running. In 2019 GSTEF won the Education and Learning category at the UK Sponsorship Awards.

Think Real (Sport England) – The Think Real campaign launched in September 2018 and inspires young people, sporty or not, to make good personal choices when taking part in physical activity, building a healthy attitude to nutrition, recovery (including sleep) and healthy training/anti-doping. Working with partners including Sport England, UKAD, UK Sport and NGBs the campaign acknowledges the recommendations of the Tailored Review of UK Anti-Doping, specifically point 20 about creating a values based programme focusing on ‘healthy training’ and also the Duty of Care in Sport Review (2017) around providing information to schools and support talented young athletes who are trying to balance education and being on a talent pathway. In 2019, Think Real won a Teach Secondary Award in the Curriculum Impact category.

Get Set for the Spirit of Sport: funded by UKAD, the newly rebranded resources launched in July 2019. Students aged 7-14 can learn about the values of sport and the rules or guiding principles which govern clean sport around the world, along with the science and technology behind sport. It challenges young people to consider their behaviour, and the behaviours of others, and to make the right decisions on and off the field of play. Spirit of Sport resources are split into age categories, with the 7-11 age group focusing on personal development and fair play and the 11-14 age group resources focusing on competition and explore sportsmanship and values.

Get Set +: 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 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.