It was exciting to go 'behind the scenes' as six of our athlete mentors filmed exercises for a new wellbeing app that the Trust will be piloting with young people on our programmes from November onwards. This new app is designed to offer continuous support between mentoring sessions and has been made possible thanks to funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund.

The new app will be rolled out to 100 young people across our programmes from November onwards. The pilot will allow us to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the app in supporting young people with their physical and mental wellbeing, ahead of hopefully rolling it out to all young people on our programmes. The app has been developed by Dame Kelly Holmes and offers workouts, motivational messages, nutrition and dietary tips plus so much more. 

The filming day captured six of our athletes from differing sports demonstrating hundreds of different exercises. These exercises are then used to create different workouts in the app from basic to advanced and includes bodyweight exercises, kettlebell routines, pilates and so much more. The young people will be able to choose their workouts and track their progress over time, as well as receiving motivational messages from our athletes and Dame Kelly herself. The athletes who are featured in the app are: 

As well as exercises and workout routines, the app also contains wellbeing features including a daily check in to assess your current mood as well as tools and techniques to deal with stress and every day living. Healthy eating recipes round out the features, enabling our young people to holistically manage their overall wellbeing.

As the pilot progresses, we'll be tweaking what's in there and adding more content to make it as valuable a resource as possible for our young people and we'll update progress on our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages.

Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has helped us to create this Wellbeing App and support more young people. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.