Young people facing disadvantage will take part in a range of activities which promote positive behaviour change towards physical activity on National Fitness Day 2017, through the charity of Double Olympic gold medalist Dame Kelly Holmes.

Participants on Dame Kelly Holmes Trust’s transformational mentoring programmes – led by world class athletes – will take part in a range of sessions across the UK on Wednesday 27 September to celebrate National Fitness Day.

The Trust’s programmes are proven to have a lasting impact on the lives of young people and enable them to become healthy, achieve in education, enjoy career success and take part in meaningful activities. The charity actively targets some of the most disadvantaged young people across the UK, including care leavers, homeless people and young offenders.

National Fitness Day is run by ukactive and encourages the nation to celebrate the fun of fitness and physical activity across the UK. It is also a chance to highlight the role physical activity plays across the UK, helping us raise awareness of its importance in helping us lead healthier and active lifestyles.

Dame Kelly Holmes, Founder and President at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, said: “I am delighted that my charity is supporting National Fitness Day.

“Being physically active is all about having the correct mindset, which includes self-respect and empowerment to look after your own health and an appreciation about the wider benefits activity can bring across other aspects of your life.

“These are all things we work to unlock from young people on our programmes to ensure they don’t just take part in activity today but that it becomes a habit for life.”

Dave Hill, Paralympian and Dame Kelly Holmes Trust Athlete Mentor, added: “We’ve got lots planned for our Torbay Get on Track group, including a fitness circuit challenge amongst other things. It’s crucial to educate young people about the numerous benefits of being active and changing the behaviour of those who are currently inactive.

“We know the benefits of regular exercise includes increased physical and mental wellbeing, and a better quality of life. However, many young people find getting fit a struggle. It becomes a challenge when it shouldn’t be; and all the Trust’s programmes help young people realise the attitudes needed to be healthy and thrive in all aspects of their life.”