The first three days of our latest Get on Track programme in Wiltshire has got off to great start. Funded by the Blagrave Trust, and delivered in partnership with Wiltshire & Swindon Sport and Youth Action Wiltshire, the programme will see eighteen young people work alongside world class athletes from Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to develop the confidence, resilience and self-esteem needed to succeed in life. 

 

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. At the end of the On Your Marks section, the athletes said:

Rich Parker, Inline Skate Champion

Some amazing progress by the group in Wiltshire this week. The difference in three days is amazing. The way this group are able to pull together and support each other is a huge credit to them. We didn't quite pass 'Don't Go There', but the group certainly did themselves proud with their efforts. I'm really looking forward to seeing what this group are able to achieve over the rest of the programme.

Liz Johnson, Paralympic Swimmer

They are definitely a group with maturity beyond their years and all have so much potential to flourish over the rest of this programme. I genuinely think it has been the most enjoyable and encouraging first week of a Get on Track that I’ve ever experienced.

The group will now move on to the next stage of the programme, called Get Set where they will be working to improve their soft skills, develop and deliver a social action project and work on their employability prospects. This is the third year this programme has been delivered in Wiltshire and Steve Neale from Wiltshire & Swindon Sport was pleased to be involved again.

As the Local Strategic Partner for this flagship programme we are delighted to be teaming up again with The Blagrave Trust and Youth Action Wiltshire to deliver the third Get on Track programme in Wiltshire.  Get on Track is well proven in building young people’s resilience, confidence and life skills and provides for sustained support for a full year; a transformational programme in every respect.

None of our programmes could be run without the support of our generous funders. We are grateful for the support of the Blagrave Trust to enable us to run this programme and help more young people facing disadvantage.

Tessa Hibbert, Blagrave Trust

As a funder, we seek to bring lasting change to the lives of the most disadvantaged young people aged 14-25 to enable a positive transition to adulthood. We’re pleased that our funding will enable more Wiltshire young people who are facing challenges to be inspired by world class athletes. We wish them all the best with the programme.

You can follow the progress of the programme via our Twitter page, where you'll also be kept up to date with our other programmes and events.