The charity – founded in 2008 by Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes – empowers young people to realise the attitudes needed to live a positive life and develops the skills required to exit into sport, training, education, volunteering and employment.

Last year, after five months of leaving its flagship Get on Track programme two thirds of participants had entered employment, education or training and a further 77% felt more connected to their local community.

The Trust delivered its first programme in Scotland during 2015 following a significant award from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The success of Get on Track in Edinburgh led to players supporting the Trust’s expansion into Glasgow earlier this year.

In the announcement today Dame Kelly Holmes Trust has outlined its vision to reach young people facing disadvantage in every area of Scotland by 2020.

Double Olympic Gold Medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, said: “I’m delighted that we’re going to continue expanding our transformational programmes across Scotland to transform the lives of young people who need our support most.

“I’ve seen over the past eight years the truly life changing impact that these programmes have on young people and I’m really excited that more young people in Scotland than ever before will benefit from our incredible athlete mentors.”

GB Olympic Judoka and Dame Kelly Holmes Trust Athlete Mentor Sarah Clark, said: “We work with a wide range of young people facing disadvantage and it’s fantastic to be able to change their whole perspective on life and empower them to achieve positive things in the future.

“I’ve seen so many lives seriously transformed as a result of the Trust’s work and I’m delighted that we’re going to be expanding in Scotland following the success of our programmes in Glasgow and Edinburgh.”

Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery Clara Govier, said: “Dame Kelly Holmes Trust has made such an impact on the lives of young people through its Get on Track programme and we are delighted that as a result of funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery that the Trust will be able to reach even more young people.”

 

Jim Cantley, Operational Director for Children’s Services at Action for Children Scotland, said: “Our partnership with Dame Kelly Holmes Trust presents a fantastic opportunity for the young people we support and it is a great privilege to be one of their partners in Scotland.

“At Action for Children Scotland, we have a long history of supporting some of the most disadvantaged children and young people into employment through a range of services. Our staff work with young people across the country who experience considerable disadvantages in accessing sustainable employment in order to get them job ready. Not only do we provide these young people with industry led training and certification but we also
ensure that we can identify opportunities and maximise positive destinations for them.

“We are looking forward to working with Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and their athlete mentors. These athletes have achieved considerable success in their respective fields through hard work and by sharing that drive and determination, will inspire our young people to believe the sky is the limit and that they really can achieve anything with dedication and a positive approach.”

Emma Atkins, CEO of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, said: “Today’s announcement is tremendous news for young people in Scotland. Our athlete mentors have demonstrated time and time again their ability to transform a young person’s life and deliver a lasting legacy to local communities.

“I can’t thank players of People’s Postcode Lottery enough for helping us reach the position we’re in today and we look forward to continuing this outstanding partnership as well as working with new partners in the region to significantly increase the amount of young people we’re able to support.

“I’d urge any business or group who would like to be involved in the Trust’s expansion in Scotland to get in touch and find out how you can contribute towards our vision to reach 10,000 young people facing disadvantage.”