Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is pleased to be supporting the ‘Adapt, Support, Respond’ initiative, in its role as a supporter organisation within the Sport for Development Coalition. The Coalition is a nationwide movement of charities and organisations working collectively to maximise the positive social impact of sport and physical activity.

‘Adapt, Support, Respond’ aims to shine a spotlight on how organisations across the network have adapted their services to continue supporting individuals and communities in need during lockdown, as well as how they are getting ready to play their part in the nation’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

All of the 160-plus organisations within the Coalition have signed up to a Charter which describes how they are intentionally using sport and physical activity to generate positive social outcomes such as individual physical and mental wellbeing, reducing unemployment and anti-social behaviour, and increasing community cohesion. In our 2019-20 Impact Report, the Trust demonstrated that mental wellbeing increased by 7.5% across all our programmes and self efficacy - the belief that you can effectively reach the goals you have - increased significantly also.

In response to the pandemic the Trust have introduced even more support for the young people we work with. Our athletes have delivered COVID and Me sessions for schools and community groups, which have been positively received by the attendees. We've also introduced an app that we are piloting so young people can access online fitness classes, mental wellbeing tips and healthy recipes between programme sessions. Additionally we're sending out wellbeing packs to groups packed with goodies and advice to help with mental wellbeing over the winter period.

Ollie Dudfield, Executive Director of the Sport for Development Coalition, said:

Adapt, Support, Respond' will collate learning and evidence from across the sector on how the network is adapting in order to maximise its contribution to community resilience and wellbeing over the coming months. The need for all areas of the community to support resilience and wellbeing over the coming months will be critical as the wider social and economic impacts of the pandemic intensify.

As part of the initiative, the Coalition has partnered with Mind, the mental health charity, for its first quarterly theme of 2021 which is ‘Sport tackles the Wellbeing Crisis’.

The partnership will commence with an online event which will be streamed live on the Coalition website at 1600 GMT on Wednesday 10th MarchHayley Jarvis, Head of Physical Activity for Mind, will be the guest co-host alongside Ollie Dudfield, the Executive Director of the Coalition. The discussion and Q&A will examine how sport and activity can be used to improve mental health, wellbeing and resilience, and feature other programmes and organisations from across the network. You can watch the replay of the event at the link above.

The event will be made available to be replayed afterwards on Youtube, and will also be shared as the first episode of a new monthly podcast from the Coalition.