The Sittingbourne Get on Track group of 2018 celebrated their GO event as part of the Swale Communty Leisure Awards last week.

After six weeks of the programme, the group were awarded their certificates as part of an event that recognised outstanding individuals or groups whose work is benefitting the local community within Sport, Leisure, Education, Health and Culture. One of the key speakers on the evening, Was Michelle Griffith-Robinson, a Trust athlete mentor who had previously worked on Get on Track programmes in the area.

Over the course of the On your Marks and Get Set sections of the programme, the young people on the programme undertook a large combination of activities such as First Aid and Health & Safety training, group activities such as a town task to raise money from local businesses to  fund their social action projects as well as plenty of physical activities led by the group's athlete mentors sailor Sam Brearey and badminton player Sue Miller.

 

Thanks to our partners on the programme, Swale Leisure, all of the young people get free access to the gym facilities for the length of the programme which has greatly helped in terms of physical and mental wellbeing. Here's just a small selection of some of the comments from the young people:

This course has given me a chance to go beyond my comfort zone and make new friends

I've loved doing things like badminton and the stuff in the gym. Since I've been on Get on Track I've come down and used the gym every day.

The GO event celebrates the end of the intensive period of the Get on Track programme but the story doesn't end here. Over the next year, there will be a series of Keep in Touch sessions where Sam and Sue will meet up with the young people to offer continued support and encourage the network they have created during the programme. 

As always, we'd like to give a huge thank you to our partners at Swale Leisure for helping us deliver the course and also to players of People's Postcode Lottery for their help in funding the programme. 

Stephanie Kerr, Sport, Culture & Inclusion Programmes Advisor at People’s Postcode Lottery said: 'I’m delighted that players are helping to support this important programme that has the power to make a huge difference in young people’s lives.’