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2019 Flight Centre Schools Triathlon Smashes its Fundraising Record

2019 Flight Centre Schools Triathlon Smashes its Fundraising Record
10 June 2019 James Brooke

The UK’s largest sporting fundraising event dedicated to young people breaks through £1 million.

  • £1 million raised by 9,000 young people since the event started four years ago
  • This year, 3,330 young people aged between 7-13 from more than 65 schools took part
  • A record breaking £400,000 fundraised for the organising charity Restless Development, and many local school charities
  • Attended by 15,000 spectators

The most successful Flight Centre Schools Triathlon series to date has finished after a grand final event at Marlborough College.

The 2019 Flight Centre Schools Triathlon took place over three weekends in April and May. 3,330 children took part in 2019 bringing the total number of participants in the last four years to more than 9,000.

Royal Russell, Croydon; Bradfield College, Berkshire; Charterhouse, Godalming; and Marlborough College, Wiltshire generously gave the event full access to their amazing campuses and provided dozens of volunteers to make sure the events ran smoothly.

Flight Centre, Knight Frank, Cazenove Capital Management and Marlborough Summer School generously sponsor the event which ensures the money raised by the children can go directly to Restless Development as the organising charity and lots more local school charities.

Jim Sewell, Founder of the Flight Centre Schools Triathlon, said:

“We are so proud of all the children to have swum, run and cycled their way to raising £1 million. To be the UK’s largest sporting fundraiser just for children within four years of launching is absolutely amazing.

We cannot thank each of the host schools enough for their support and encouragement of the event. And we are lucky to work with a brilliant group of sponsors who share our vision for growing the event and who cover the costs of the events so all money raised through the children’s hard work goes to charity.”

Chris Galanty, Managing Director of Flight Centre Europe and South Africa, congratulated the participants

“We could not be prouder to have supported the Flight Centre Schools Triathlon since its inception four years ago. It is a phenomenal event and having raised £1 million in just four years just shows how brilliant young people are. We also love getting out of the store for the day and interacting with our local communities in a different way. And nothing makes us happier than seeing families having a fun time together – either here at home or away!”

Perry Maddox, CEO of Restless Development, the global charity for youth led change that organises the event said:

“The triathlons represent everything Restless Development is about – the power of young people. Thanks to the money raised we have helped young people in developing countries help themselves by setting up businesses and lifting themselves, and their families, out of poverty. We have helped them become leaders in their own communities and spearhead the change they want to see in the world when it comes HIV/AIDS, women’s rights or climate change. In the four years since the triathlons started we’ve trained and supported over 15,000 young leaders around the world and they have reached over 4.5 million people. The 9,000 young people who took part in the triathlons have changed the world for the better.  A huge thank you from us all to the participants, families, schools and sponsors who make the Flight Centre Schools Triathlon such a success.  We couldn’t do it without you.”

For information about the triathlons, please contact:
Tessa Murray
The Flight Centre Schools Triathlon
T: +44 (0)7768 740907
E: [email protected]

About the Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG)
The Flight Centre Travel Group ( is one of the world’s largest travel companies with over 18,000 staff and 2500 stores across its leisure, corporate and wholesale businesses. The company’s turnover in 2014/2015 financial year was £9 billion. After starting with one shop 30 years ago, FCTG has enjoyed remarkable growth and is one of the top 100 publicly listed companies on the Australian Securities Exchange.

All specialist brands under the FCTG Corporate banner offer 24/7 support and the benefits of a blended offline/online solution; global negotiation strength and unique and superior business travel products.

About Flight Centre
The team at Flight Centre are experts when it comes to travel and are committed to providing customers with a great experience. The company’s success comes down to its people, experienced Travel Experts who are passionate about finding their customers the holiday they want, for the price they want.

Since establishing the first Flight Centre store in 1995, the business has grown its team of Travel Experts to include over 80 stores within the United Kingdom, with new stores opening regularly. Worldwide, Flight Centre has an amazing 2,500 stores across the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United States, Canada and more, making Flight Centre one of the largest and most successful independent travel retailers in the world. With its global reach and close relationships with the world’s best travel providers, the company is able to provide competitive travel deals.

The Flight Centre team can organise anything from flights to holidays, hotels, car hire, tours, travel insurance, visas and more. They also have dedicated First and Business Class flight teams and Business Travel teams to help with any specialised travel needs.

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About Restless Development
Young people have the power to solve the challenges we face in our world. Restless Development is a global agency working with young people so they can lead in solving those challenges. Whether that means supporting communities to end child marriage or prevent HIV, Restless Development works with young people to change their lives and the lives of people in their communities. Restless Development is run out of hubs in ten countries across Africa, Asia and in the UK and USA, with a wider network of partners across the world. The agency has been working with young people since 1985 and its work is led by thousands of young people every year.

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