The very first Get on Track programme in Newport kicked off last week, delivered by world class athletes Philippa Tuttiett and Liz Johnson. 

Get on Track is led by world class athletes  and is aimed at young people who are facing disadvantage. The programme helps young people realise the attitudes and behaviours they need to make long term positive life choices. 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. Lead athlete Philippa had this to say about the first three days...

"So we kicked off the very first Get On Track in Newport last week, hosted at the YMCA. A group of 18 young people between the age of 16-22. The first day was all about us getting to know one another and learning about each other, through fun team challenges! 

The second day included individual and team challenges, we looked more in depth at what attitudes we were using to be successful in our tasks and more importantly how we can be better every time.

On day three we started to discuss what we want as individuals and as a team to be included in this course, making sure that every individual is challenged and developed. We want every young person to leave this course confident and ambitious to go into the right training, employment or education for them. I'm really looking forward to working with this group over the coming weeks and months!"


Team building activities and exercises on the first three days of the programme.

Mike Morgan from YMCA Newport who are working in partnership with the Trust on this programme added:

This is such a fantastic programme for young people, and YMCA Newport is thrilled to be the local delivery partner in Newport. Its so important to give young people opportunities so they can reach there potential and be more informed and aware of how important a positive attitude is when facing barriers in life.

When young people gain new skills, have new experiences and achieve a goal it increases their self-esteem and confidence giving them more control over their decision making and their lives.

The programme is being funded by Great Western Railway following a successful bid to its Customer and Communities Improvement Fund, designed to help boost local communities.

GWR Managing Director Mark Hopwood said:

“We are committed to improving the journeys of our passengers, as well as the economic prosperity and social footprint of the regions and communities we serve.

This scheme is a perfect example of that, having a direct benefit to those in Newport and offering the opportunity to be full and active members of their community."

We'll be regularly posting updates and pictures about the programme on our Twitter feed.