Earlier this year, we were pleased to announce our new Get on Track for Wellbeing programme funded by Sport England was starting in eight coastal communities across England. Over the next two years the Trust are going to be working with 700 young people in coastal communities all across England to help them become more active. 

Three of these programmes are already underway in Dover, Hull and Scarborough and despite only being a few weeks in, the athlete mentors area already seeing great strides being made by the young people attending. Fencer Claire Bennett and sailor Sam Breaery are leading the athletes in Dover and Claire had this to say about the Dover group

The Dover group have built strong and positive relationships over the course of the programme. They are a motivated and committed group and have taken part in a series of physical activities such as fencing, volleyball and fitness circuits, as well as leading individual coaching sessions. They have demonstrated resilience and have not been afraid to stretch themselves outside of their comfort zones. The have also shown amazing commitment to the programme and their leadership skills are shining through. We are now full steam ahead with preparation for their social action project next week where they will be coaching in a primary school. They will also importantly be engaging their parents and inviting them along to the sessions, to encourage healthier and active lifestyles at home. Sam and I are so proud of our young people on Get on Track Dover. We can see them growing in confidence with each session and we have no doubt they will go on to achieve their goals and take part in physical activity as part of their everyday lifestyle...

 

The group in Scarborough have also been busy taking part in activities under the guidance of Olympic swimmer James Kirton and rugby league international Paul Broadbent. They have been experiencing a huge range of activities and discovering that there isn't a 'one size fits all' approach to activity, it's about finding out what works for them. From team building activities, through rock climbing and onto beach rugby, they've been fully immersing themselves in physical activity over the last few weeks.

  

Up in Hull, also led by James and Paul, Get on Track is having a huge impact on the attendees. We asked the young people how the course was going after the first couple of weeks and these were just a couple of the responses.

This course is making me feel better and a lot more confident in myself

This course is making me really happy as I have made new friends and I'm doing the exercise I've wanted to get.

One of the key elements of the programme is looking to embed physical activity as part of your lifestyle and also have an impact on your community. Participants are supported to deliver a social action project and the group in Hull have been busy planning an activity day in April to coincide with the launch of a UKActive initiative in the area aimed at increasing activity for families.

We are looking forward to starting more programmes over the coming weeks in Folkestone, Grimsby, Southport, Liverpool & Torbay and you can follow the progress of all of our programmes on our Twitter page.

None of these programmes would be possible without the help of our local partners, so we'd like to say a huge thank you to Swale Leisure, Local Works Hull and North Yorkshire Sport as well as Sport England for the funding.