Nominations are now open for the AQA Unlocking Potential 2020/21 programme.

AQA Unlocking Potential is our transformational mentoring programme for young people aged from 11-19 years of age, run jointly with education charity AQA.

Young people will get the chance to work with and learn from the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust’s team of inspirational athlete mentors. AQA Unlocking Potential aims to raise young people’s aspirations and expectations on future life goals, whether from school to Further Education, Further Education to Higher Education, or into training and employment. Young people are to be nominated by their teachers who believe that they would benefit from mentoring support to develop life skills and increase their confidence, self-belief and motivation.

Following a virtual launch event in January, we hope athletes will be able to visit schools to conduct sessions in person.  However, if this is not possible we are able to deliver the programme remotely to ensure pupils continue to benefit.  Schools will therefore be required to facilitate online mentoring sessions via Zoom (or other agreed platform).    

Nominations for the 2020/21 programme are now open - more details about how the programme works can be found on the Nominations page.

For the 2019/20 programme we are asking schools and colleges to:

  • Nominate students from 11-19 years of age 
  • Teachers should nominate four students per school

You can find out more about eligibility criteria and the nominations process here and you can find out more about the AQA Unlocking Potential programme in the film of last year's programme below: