British Gas joins Team GB and ParalympicsGB to power communities behind the athletes, in lead up to Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond.
- Landmark five-year partnership between British Gas, Team GB and ParalympicsGB.
- Award-winning schools programme, Get Set, will aim to reach almost 1 million children and families in communities across the UK with a new Get Set for Positive Energy
- To celebrate, Olympian Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Paralympian Jack Hunter-Spivey unveil huge mural at Katarina’s former primary school in Liverpool to inspire pupils.
London, October 10th 2023: British Gas, the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA) has today announced a new five-year partnership agreement up to the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"To be involved in Get Set for Positive Energy and return to my old school to help inspire the next generation is such an honour. The programme enables kids from across the UK to learn more about how we can be more energy efficient"
Katarina Johnson-Thompson, world champion heptathlete
As the Official Energy Services Partner, British Gas will power Team GB and ParalympicsGB ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games respectively, providing critical support to both organisations as they make their final preparations for next year’s events and beyond.
With less than a year to go until the Olympic and Paralympic Games returns to Europe, as well as directly supporting the athletes’ endeavours, the partnership is aimed at empowering young people and athletes to make a positive difference for themselves and their local communities.
To kickstart the partnership, an exciting schools programme, Get Set for Positive Energy will aim to reach almost 1 million* young people and families across the UK. Team GB and ParalympicsGB’s Get Set was originally created as the official education programme for London 2012 and now offers a broad range of free, cross-curricular resources and activities for schools and community groups across the nation.
The free programme, which has been designed by educational experts, harnesses the collective power of Team GB, ParalympicsGB and British Gas to empower young people and their communities in the role we can all play in saving energy and creating a greener future. It seeks to inspire primary school children to use their positive energy to drive change and build healthy habits for the future.
"The Get Set programme is incredible! Not only does it get children involved in sport whatever their ability, it will also enable them to become knowledgeable about the environment"
Jack Hunter-Spivey, ParalympicsGB table tennis bronze medallist
With a requirement for schools to have a climate action plan in place by 2025 the programme will support teachers in providing a range of free learning resources, that can easily be adopted as part of a wider green educational plan.
Primary school children in the UK will also have the chance to take part in a special challenge in 2024, where they can put their learning to the test by re-designing their school environment to be more sustainable.
To launch the partnership, Olympian Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Paralympian Jack Hunter-Spivey, surprised pupils at Katarina’s former primary school in Liverpool, St Mark’s Catholic School. The Liverpudlian athletes unveiled an inspiring mural as a visual reminder to the pupils about the contribution they can make in driving positive change and building a healthier, more sustainable future.
British Gas is also developing a ‘Pathways’ programme to support former athletes with important new career opportunities within the organisation. This programme offers a way for athletes to transfer the skills and disciplines they have developed in their athletic careers to new roles within the British Gas workforce.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson, world champion heptathlete, said: “To be involved in Get Set for Positive Energy and return to my old school to help inspire the next generation is such an honour. The programme enables kids from across the UK to learn more about how we can be more energy efficient, which is naturally essential for a greener future, so I’m delighted to help play a small part by launching the partnership at my primary school, St Mark's.”
Jack Hunter-Spivey, a ParalympicsGB table tennis bronze medallist from Tokyo 2020, commented: “The Get Set programme is incredible! Not only does it get children involved in sport whatever their ability, it will also enable them to become knowledgeable about the environment, setting them up with skills that will be of huge value to society in years to come. The mural is so inspiring, and it’s a pleasure to kick this initiative off in the great city of Liverpool!”
Andy Anson, Chief Executive of the BOA, added: “It is great for Team GB to be working with a major national brand in British Gas. As well as direct support for our athletes in getting them to the Olympic Games, the full potential of this partnership will be realised through the support for local communities in the UK, as we recognise that we need to work together to help each other on our journey to a more sustainable future.”
David Clarke, CEO of ParalympicsGB, said: “With less than a year to go to Paris 2024 this partnership is a huge boost to our ambition of taking a best prepared team to the Paralympic Games to excite and inspire the nation and break down barriers for disabled people in the UK. It is a partnership with a critical wider purpose too, empowering people with the knowledge they need to move towards a more sustainable future through Get Set for Positive Energy and scoping a Pathways programme offering retired athletes’ valuable skills as they transition to a new career.”
Chris O’Shea, Chief Executive of British Gas owner Centrica, said: “Our 20,000 UK team is strong because of its diversity – of skills, experience and identities. We know we need an energised workforce to tackle the energy efficiency challenges all communities are facing as we make the transition to Net Zero. Every day our people help deliver solutions that make this journey possible and make a real difference to the local economies of towns and cities nationwide. We’re proud to sponsor two of the UK’s most inspiring teams – Team GB and ParalympicsGB – and if any of the athletes want to join us in the future, we will give them the opportunity to do so.”
As an entirely independently funded organisation, the British Olympic Association relies on the support of its commercial partners – such as British Gas – to fund its activities in taking Team GB athletes to both the summer and winter editions of the Olympic Games.
ParalympicsGB is the UK’s largest disability sports charity and relies on the support of its commercial partners to deliver a world class environment where athletes can achieve their personal best performances and break down barriers for all disabled people.
For more information or imagery, please contact: BGNetZero@bcw-global.com / +447963980989.
* Young people and families reach is calculated by the number of Primary schools engaged (registered to the programme, downloaded resources, or entered a competition) multiplied by the Get Set average school reach per year for 5 years (taken from the annual Get Set Monitoring and Evaluation report)
About British Gas
British Gas is Britain’s leading supplier of energy and services and the country’s biggest retailer of zero carbon electricity. We are part of Centrica, a company founded on a 200-year heritage of serving people. We provide energy and services to over 7 million UK homes and businesses, supported by around 7,500 highly trained engineers and technicians. We also offer a range of innovative products and services, including Hive and our on-demand digital trades service. Our purpose of helping Our purpose of helping customers live sustainably, simply and affordably drives our strategy and our People and Planet Plan.
About Team GB
Team GB is the national Olympic team of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the face of the British Olympic Association (BOA).
The role of the BOA is to prepare and lead Team GB athletes at all Olympic events and to develop, promote and protect the Olympic Movement and Olympic values within the UK. Their vision is to is to unite and inspire the nation through the power of Olympic sport, bringing the country together behind a team that everyone can believe in.
Since winning their bid to host the London 2012 Olympic Games in 2005, Team GB has consistently finished in the top five on the medal table at the summer Olympic Games, taking home 65, 67 and 64 medals from London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020. Team GB is the only nation to have won a gold medal at every summer Games since the first modern Olympics in 1896.
The BOA is independent, privately funded and receives no annual funding from the lottery or government. The success of Team GB is wholly dependent on support from commercial partners, patrons and income generated from fundraising events.
For further information, please visit TeamGB.com
ParalympicsGB is the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Paralympic team competing at the summer and winter Paralympic Games. We know that the outstanding performances of our athletes have a powerful impact on the British public and can shift perceptions of disability in society, helping to inspire a better world for disabled people.
We have a proud history as the United Kingdom is the home of Paralympic sport which began with the Stoke Mandeville Games in 1948 and has grown to become one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
London 2012 is still widely acclaimed as the greatest Paralympics Games ever where, ParalympicsGB athletes won an unforgettable 120 medals to finish third in the medal table.
ParalympicsGB eclipsed that performance at Rio 2016 winning 147 medals to finish second in the medal table and at Tokyo 2020 won medals in a record breaking 18 different sports – the most of any nation ever.
Further details are available at https://paralympics.org.uk/
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