London 2012 open to everyone via Gold Challenge

The charity challenge known as Gold Challenge, which is a partnership between Team GB and the British Olympic Association, has launched a great range of challenges that will allow families to both harness the excitement surrounding the upcoming London 2012 games by taking on both Olympic and Paralympic sports and raise money for charity at the same time.

Those families who are seeking activities to fill the long summer holidays can now take on their own Gold Challenge and enjoy playing sport together. Families and youngsters aged 7-15 can sign up free of charge and choose their challenges for a wide range of options which are all family friendly.

The challenges available include the exciting ‘5 Sport Challenge’ where groups and families can take on 4 different Olympic and Paralympic sports, the Family Activity Challenge where families are encouraged to learn different Olympic sports together and the 2012 Challenge, where challengers have to complete 2012km, as part of a group or individually, in one or more of the Olympic and Paralympic track sports.

Gold challenge proudly boasts over 125 charitable partners including Cancer Research UK, Scope, Oxfam, Right to Play and the NSPCC. Families can take part as a team made up of at least one adult (16+) and at least one child between the ages of 7 and 15.  Adults can be family members, carers or youth leaders.  Anyone under 16 must receive parental permission to sign up to the Gold Challenge.

Gold Challenge is partnered with British Olympic Association and Sport England and is part of the official mass participation legacy programme for London 2012.