We are really pleased to launch a second wave of Get on Track for Wellbeing programmes funded by Sport England, this time in Further Education colleges. We are working in the same coastal areas as our community programmes but this time we are working with local colleges to bring our athlete mentors in to work with students to help them become more physically active and more involved with their local communities.

Our first college based programme started last week in Folkestone and is being led over the next nine months by ex fencer Claire Bennett. The programme is designed to engage young people who are still at college but could be underperforming, at the risk of dropping out or currently inactive. Over the course of the next nine months, Claire will visit the college sixteen times to help the students become more active, understand more about nutrition and well-being as well as delivering a social action project to help embed their new found skills and benefit the local community.

The first day of On Your Marks covered team building skills and following it, sports coach at the college Natasha Gladstone said:

What a fantastic start to the programme at Folkestone College. We are all very excited about how much impact the programme will have in developing the students interest in sports and linking this to the local community through Social Action activities. The students really enjoyed their first session with their mentor Claire, immediately all joining in, thinking about their lives and the difference sport could make to them. We are delighted to be part of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust programme and look forward to future activities and seeing the confidence and inspiration this will bring to our students.

Claire who was mentoring the young people on the programme said:

We have had an absolutely fantastic start to the programme. The young people are motivated, engaged and determined to achieve their goals. They have already shown leadership skills and have started to build trust within their team. This programme is about enjoying physical activity while focussing on mental wellbeing. The young people will take part in a variety of different sports and will deliver a social action project within their community. I feel very proud to be part of this programme and working with Folkestone College to ensure their young people achieve their potential and thrive in everything that they do. All of the young people really inspired me today.

We'll be posting regular updates on the progress of this and our other programmes on our Twitter page.