Dame Kelly Holmes Trust are proud to announce the launch of the More than Medals Athlete Transition programme in January 2020. Thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Trust will be supporting fifty world class athletes over the next two years to transition to a life beyond sport. This will in turn allow us to increase the depth and capacity of our athlete mentor team to work with more young people facing disadvantage.

The programme is designed to assist athletes coming to the end of their sporting careers with the transition to a life beyond sport. Over the two years, they will undertake monthly workshops on topics such as safeguarding, public speaking and mental health first aid training as well as supporting on our young people programmes. Additionally they will gain an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Accredited Level 5 qualification in Mentoring and Coaching through the University of Bath.

Independent research conducted by Professor David Lavallee and Dr Pete Coffee at the University of Stirling demonstrated athletes ability to be high performing beyond sport across a diverse range of roles. By supporting them through this transition period we will be helping them develop a post sport career and also allowing them to make a positive impact to society as a whole.

Stephanie Kerr from People’s Postcode Lottery said:

We are pleased that players of Postcode Lottery are able to support this exciting new initiative. We have seen first-hand the impact world class athletes can have on the lives of young people and we are happy our players are supporting the training and development of more athletes to increase the depth and capacity of the Trust athlete mentor scheme.

We currently have athletes on the programme from sports as varied as netball, sprint kayak and triathlon.

Ama Agbeze, who has played netball over 100 times for England and was awarded the MBE in Summer 2019 said:

“I was attracted to the programme as I know I’m nearing the end of my career and I’m concerned about what I’m going to do in the future. I need to prepare myself for transitioning to a life beyond netball, it’s going to be a massive mental challenge for me and this programme will help me learn new skills and work with likeminded people from other sports.”

 

Keegan Hirst is a professional rugby player with over 300 professional appearances. He currently plays for Halifax in the BetFred Championship. He said:

“I know how important it is to have a mentor, someone to look up to. I wanted to continue playing rugby at a decent standard but I also wanted to start thinking about what I’ll do when I retire. I’m playing part time now for Halifax so this programme fits in perfectly, allowing me to give something back and to work with a group of people who might need a mentor”

 

We currently have a few spaces available on this year’s programme. If you are an athlete who is on or has been on the World Class Programme or competed at the highest level in your sport, please contact our Athlete Manager Adam Whitehead for more information - [email protected]