Nineteen-year-old Jodie Coupland is the running for a Wales Sport Award after flourishing through her involvement in Wales’ first ever ‘Get on Track’ programme, run by Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. The programme was supported locally by Bridgend County Borough Council, with additional funding provided by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Jodie is one of three nominations in the Inspiring Young Person of the Year award and will be attending the glittering awards ceremony at the Celtic Manor Resort on Monday 4 December.

Get on Track is led by world class athletes over a 14-month period and is aimed at young people aged 16-25 who are facing disadvantage. The programme helps young people realise the attitudes and behaviours they need to make long term positive life choices: Determination, focus, resilience, motivation and confidence.

Jodie attended the first Get on Track programme in Wales and impressed everyone on the course with her determination and motivation to make a positive change in her life. Since finishing the Get on Track programme Jodie has become a much more focused person and, in addition to gaining a part-time job, she has since volunteered her time to promote and deliver the same programme in other parts of South Wales.

Jodie said: “I can’t believe it. I’m absolutely amazed. I’m so grateful for the support I’ve received and I’m really looking forward to the awards evening and the chance to meet some massive sports stars. Get on Track changed my life in so many ways and I could never thank Philippa, my athlete mentor, the rest of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust's team, and Bridgend County Borough Council enough for all the help they’ve given me.”

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said “We are thrilled that support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery has helped create such a positive impact through the Get on Track programme. We wish Jodie the best of luck on 4th December!”

Councillor Huw David, the Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council said: “We were very proud to be the first local authority to host the Get on Track programme in Wales last year, helping young people from a range of backgrounds. Within eight months of our first Get on Track programme, 72 per cent of the young people were in employment, education or training.

There are many success stories from the programme and we are absolutely thrilled that Jodie is getting this recognition. Everything has come full circle for her – after she benefited so much from mentorship she has now become a role model herself and is an inspiration to those who meet and work with her. Well done Jodie and good luck at the Wales Sports Awards.”

The programme has been such a success that a third Get on Track course has recently been launched in Bridgend in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council with funding from the Communities First initiative.

Gail Scott Spicer, CEO of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust said:

“This is fantastic news. Everyone at the Trust is very proud of how far Jodie has come since attending the Get on Track programme and the impact that she is now having on her community and beyond. We will be keeping our fingers crossed that she picks up the Inspiring Young Person of the Year award on the 4th Dec.”

The Wales Sports Awards are organised by Sport Wales and BBC Wales to celebrate not only elite performances but also the impact that volunteers, coaches, and organisations are having on community sport in Wales.

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