Dame Kelly Holmes Trust has announced that it is aiming to support over 6,100 young people facing disadvantage in the South East over the next four years through its transformational mentoring programmes led by world class athletes.

The charity – founded in 2008 by Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes – empowers young people to realise the attitudes needed to live a positive life and develops the skills required to exit into sport, training, education, volunteering and employment.

Last year, after five months of starting its flagship Get on Track programme 68% of participants had entered employment, education or training and a further 77% felt more connected to their local community.

Founder and President at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Dame Kelly Holmes, said:

dkh-smiling“As a local girl, I’m delighted that we’re going to continue expanding our transformational programmes in the South East to transform the lives of young people who need our support most.

“I’ve seen over the past eight years the truly life changing impact that these programmes have on young lives and I’m really excited that more young people than ever before will benefit from our incredible athlete mentors.”

Olympic triple jumper Dame Kelly Holmes Trust athlete mentor, Michelle Griffith-Robinson added:

20140715_dare_michelle-griffith-robinson_1176“As an athlete mentor you get to see and work with young people from all walks of life who are facing some sort of disadvantage in their lives.  The positive impact on young people who attend the programmes I work on is something wonderful to see.

“The fact that we are aiming to support so many young people over the next four years in South East fills me with pride and passion: we can make a real difference in the region.

“I really enjoy being an athlete mentor and feel privileged to have the opportunity to provide local young people facing disadvantage with a fresh start and to help them build their confidence and motivation to achieve their dreams.”

Nicola Wood, Event Manager for Motiv8 Sport, who manage one of the Get on Track Programmes in South East, said:  “Motiv8 Sport is proud to be the delivery partner for the ‘Get on Track’ programme in the Thanet area.  It has been wonderful to see the transformation of the young people through the programmes we have delivered.  It is fantastic news that Get on Track is to continue, the young people it reaches gain many positive outcomes from this intervention including improved communication skills, experience of teamwork, gaining of confidence and improved health and well-being.  We are looking forward to the next 4 years and the difference the programme will make to those young people who need additional support”.

Emma Atkins, CEO of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, said: “Today’s announcement is tremendous news for young people in the South East. Our athlete mentors have demonstrated time and time again their ability to transform a young person’s life and deliver a lasting legacy to local communities.

“We look forward to working with new and existing local delivery partners to significantly increase our impact in the area.”

Dame Kelly Holmes Trust has announced that it is aiming to support over 6,100 young people facing disadvantage in the South East over the next four years through its transformational mentoring programmes led by world class athletes.

The charity – founded in 2008 by Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes – empowers young people to realise the attitudes needed to live a positive life and develops the skills required to exit into sport, training, education, volunteering and employment.

Last year, after five months of starting its flagship Get on Track programme 68% of participants had entered employment, education or training and a further 77% felt more connected to their local community.

Founder and President at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Dame Kelly Holmes, said:

“As a local girl, I’m delighted that we’re going to continue expanding our transformational programmes in the South East to transform the lives of young people who need our support most.

“I’ve seen over the past eight years the truly life changing impact that these programmes have on young lives and I’m really excited that more young people than ever before will benefit from our incredible athlete mentors.”

Olympic triple jumper Dame Kelly Holmes Trust athlete mentor, Michelle Griffith-Robinson added:

“As an athlete mentor you get to see and work with young people from all walks of life who are facing some sort of disadvantage in their lives. The positive impact on young people who attend the programmes I work on is something wonderful to see.

“The fact that we are aiming to support so many young people over the next four years in South East fills me with pride and passion: we can make a real difference in the region.

“I really enjoy being an athlete mentor and feel privileged to have the opportunity to provide local young people facing disadvantage with a fresh start and to help them build their confidence and motivation to achieve their dreams.”

Nicola Wood, Event Manager for Motiv8 Sport, who manage one of the Get on Track Programmes in South East, said: “Motiv8 Sport is proud to be the delivery partner for the ‘Get on Track’ programme in the Thanet area. It has been wonderful to see the transformation of the young people through the programmes we have delivered. It is fantastic news that Get on Track is to continue, the young people it reaches gain many positive outcomes from this intervention including improved communication skills, experience of teamwork, gaining of confidence and improved health and well-being. We are looking forward to the next 4 years and the difference the programme will make to those young people who need additional support”.

Emma Atkins, CEO of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, said: “Today’s announcement is tremendous news for young people in the South East. Our athlete mentors have demonstrated time and time again their ability to transform a young person’s life and deliver a lasting legacy to local communities.

“We look forward to working with new and existing local delivery partners to significantly increase our impact in the area.”