Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is delighted to announce the extension of its partnership with education charity AQA, which will see the continuation of the hugely successful AQA Unlocking Potential programme until at least 2020.

AQA Unlocking Potential is an eight month mentoring programme for students aged 14-19 years, led by world class athletes. The programme is targeted at young people who are facing challenging personal circumstances, who their teachers believe would benefit considerably from additional support.

Since launching in 2012, AQA Unlocking Potential has provided transformational interventions to 273 students across England, Scotland and Wales. This has included the delivery of 92 community projects, which reached over 12,400 people.

Last year, 90% of students who took part said they were more motivated about their education, whilst 84% felt more connected to their local community. The programme was also shortlisted for the Charity Times Cross-sector Partnership of the Year 2016.

Speaking about the announcement, Founder and President at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Dame Kelly Holmes, said: “Having witnessed first-hand the impact of this programme on the lives of young people, I’m absolutely delighted that hundreds more are set to benefit over the coming years.

“AQA have been a tremendous partner of my charity for a long-time now. What makes them unique is the passion and commitment to increase the number of students who can undergo life transforming support and the willingness of their staff to volunteer on the programmes and to help fundraise for it.”

AQA Director of International and Corporate Affairs, Sadie Visick, said: “When we set out together on this partnership, our aim was to support young people who needed a bit of focused help to achieve their goals. It’s really inspiring for all of us at AQA to see how the young people who take part overcome challenges and develop new skills, and I couldn’t be more pleased that we will continue partnering with the Trust for another three years.”

Nominations for this year’s programme will open in September, with teachers able to submit a minimum of two student entries online.