The last week in July saw the beginning of another Get on Track programme, this time in Plymouth in the south west of England. 

Get on Track is Dame Kelly Holmes Trust's flagship community-based personal, social and emotional development programme for 16-25 year olds. The sessions help young people to realise the attitudes and behaviours needed to make long term positive life choices and is being delivered in Plymouth in conjunction with Petroc College of Further & Higher Education as part of the Empowering Enterprise initiative.

The first week of a Get on Track programme is called On Your Marks. This is the stage of the programme where learning activities are used to improve the communication, teamwork and resilience of the young people and help form a bond between the group and the athlete mentors. This is a three day engagement activity full of high energy sessions designed to build a group of young people into a team to go through the programme together. You can get a flavour of the some of the activities the team undertake in the pictures below:

  

David Hill, lead athlete mentor on the programme said:

This week was tough for everyone and it could have gone either way. You can either give it a go or give it up. Everyone in the world has their problems; whether you can see them or not, but being able to put your problems to one side for a second to be able to emphasise and be open to work with others is a skill that requires kindness and patience.

The highlight of the week for me was seeing individuals and the group collectively achieve. The referral partners made me aware that failure, disappointment and repeatedly hearing ‘no’ was all too common amongst the lives of the young people coming on the programme. 

They have made fantastic progress in forming relationships, sharing their strengths and encouraging others to contribute, all skills that we will build up going into the rest of the programme starting with week one of Get Set.

The programme continues now into the Get Set stage where our young people work to improve their soft skills and their employability prospects as well as starting on their social action project which forms an important part of the programme.

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Get on Track in Plymouth is being delivered in conjunction with  Petroc College of Further & Higher Education as part of the Empowering Enterprise initiative. Empowering Enterprise is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.

We are grateful for additional support and funding for this programme from the Jephcott Charitable Trust.