Get on Track, the flagship programme of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, celebrated three GO events in different areas of the country in May and June. The GO section of the programme is the final part of the intensive section of the programme and as tradition would dictate, follows the On Your Marks and Get Set sections of the programme! Go is the event planned and delivered by the group to celebrate their journey and highlight their achievements throughout the programme.

In Merseyside, Comic Relief had funded an all-girls programmes as part of their Levelling the Field Initiative led by Jenna Downing. As with all Get on Track programmes there are a whole range of activities designed to get young people out of their comfort zones and also introduce them to things they might never have had the chance to do before. Kayaking, climbing and inline skating were just three of the activities the team undertook, alongside more traditional workshops such as CV writing and employment interviews. The breadth of sessions on the programme is designed to provide young people with the skills and attitudes to live a positive life and many of the comments expressed at the GO event by the young women really underline the success of the course.

Laura

"Get on Track has been amazing. I have never had a better time in my life than what I have had the past eight weeks. 


I loved my time on Get on Track and want these memories to last. I will never forget you all; I have never felt so included and able to express myself than with any other group I have been near before."

Read Laura's Story here

Alix

"I decided to join Get on Track because I felt it would help give me confidence. A massive highlight for me was being given the opportunity to present my story on my condition to the group, and what a wonderful group to have shared my presentation with, every single person in the group was really supportive.

I now hope to go out there and fight for my chance to be a nursery worker, as this course has definitely taught me never to give up on what I want in life."

Read Alix's Story here

Down in Wiltshire, Paralympian David Hill led a team of 15 young people on their Get on Track adventure which was kindly funded by the Blagrave Trust.

At the end of the programme Connor said:

“The most beneficial part of the programme for me was definitely the On Your Marks phase as it got me used to others and become more confident with the group.”

On Your Marks is the first 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.

From being really unsure about the future, Connor is now looking forward to pursuing a career as an outward bound instructor for PGL and has already taken the first steps to gaining the relevant qualifications.

Finally in June, Philippa Tuttiett, the Welsh rugby player led 17 young people on a programme in Blaenau Gwent that was funded by Tai Calon Housing.  The programme followed a similar high energy format as the other programmes with sporting activities interspersed with Disability Awareness workshops, Sports Leadership and First Aid training. Visiting the Principality Stadium in Cardiff was a huge highlight of the programme for may of the group and to be given a tour by a Welsh international rugby player made it all the more special.

All Get on Track programmes include a social action project delivered in a local community and the Blaenau Gwent team were no different. They delivered a completely inclusive sports day at a local school, using skills and techniques learned on the Sports Leadership course they attended as part of the programme.

 

Although that is the end of the intensive section, the programmes do not end there. All of these courses now enter the Keep in Touch stage where the groups will get together at varying intervals over the next year so the participants have ongoing support from their athlete mentors and the groups can continue to support each other as they move into employment, education or further training.

You can read more in depth stories of some of the participants on these programmes here.