Radio 1 DJ Greg James dropped into our Hayes Get on Track programme last week (21st Feb) to find out for himself how money raised by Sport Relief is spent. For those of you who don't know, Greg is in the middle of an amazing sporting challenge - Pedal to the Peaks - to raise money for Sport Relief.

Greg will be climbing the three highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland and if that's not enough, he'll be cycling the 500 miles in between each peak - while still somehow presenting his daily radio show. Meeting the young women on the Sport Relief funded programme will give him inspiration during the toughest parts of his challenge, knowing that every penny raised will be going to projects like Get on Track, which helps young people get their lives back on track.

The Hayes programme is run by ex badminton player Suzanne Miller and ex taekwondo champion Steph Allen in partnership with the YMCA. The programme sees elite athletes such as Suzanne and Steph mentoring young women to raise their aspirations, self-esteem and help get them into training and employment. Greg was impressed by the work of the athletes and could see for himself the impact the work they were doing was having on the young women on the programme.

Greg met Charley who is a talented footballer but because of her anxiety, she has been unable to take advantage of the opportunities this has brought. By attending Get on Track, she is starting to feel more confident and is looking at taking an FA coaching badge to potentially start work as a football coach. 

He also spent time talking to Fai who left home at twelve and is now a single Mum who sadly suffered from post natal depression. Fai really bonded with her athlete mentor Suzanne and is now working hard to turn her life around so that her daughter will grow up proud of her with a positive future to look forward to.

Everyone on the programme including all the staff, athletes and young people loved meeting Greg and everyone at the Trust wishes Greg a huge amount of luck with his challenge, we'll definitely be cheering him on.

About the programme

Through their Levelling the Field initiative, Comic Relief have funded three female only Get on Track programmes in Leeds, Merseyside and Hayes. In each area, around twenty young women who are not in education, employment or training will be mentored by world class athletes and take part in a range of activities from a boxing class to delivering social action projects like working in a homeless shelter.

To find out more about organising a Get on Track programme in your area, please get in touch at [email protected]

Many thanks to Quetzal Maucci for the photography on the day.