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World class athletes to mentor young people in Wiltshire

DKHTA group of young people facing disadvantage in Wiltshire will be mentored by world class athletes, as part of a transformational programme led by the charity of double Olympic gold medalist Dame Kelly Holmes.

Get on Track is the flagship programme of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, which trains and develops world class athletes to empower young people facing disadvantage. This enables them to take control of their own futures and contribute positively within their local communities.

The community-based personal, social and emotional development programme will start on Tuesday 13th February 2018 and finish on Saturday 12th May and will be led by Paralympian David Hill.  The sessions – run over a 12-week period – will help young people realise the attitudes and behaviors needed to make long term positive life choices.      

Last year the programme was delivered in 62 areas of the UK and over two thirds who took part were in employment, education or training within five months of starting the programme.

The charity works with young people who are most in need of help, including those who are long-term unemployed, care leavers, homeless people, young offenders, women at risk of sexual exploitation and those living within isolated communities.

David Hill Paralympic MentorDavid Hill, Paralympian & Dame Kelly Holmes Trust Mentor,

“We believe as a charity that every young person – no matter what their background or current circumstances – has the potential to lead a positive life. I can’t wait to start working with the young people on our Wiltshire Get on Track programme and to be able to support them to reach their full potential.

“Our programmes are proven to have a lasting impact – the short-term successes achieved, such as moving into employment or achieving in education, only represents the start of their journey – it’s also about empowering them to lead a healthy lifestyle, contribute within their communities and take others with them on their journey.”

Richard Snook, DKHT Area Development Manager, added: “Our programmes are only ever delivered by Trust-trained athletes who have reached a world class level in their sport. This group are naturally high performing and proven to be exceptional leaders for change in young people and communities.

“We’re really looking forward to working with Wiltshire & Swindon Sport and Youth Action Wiltshire for the first time to transform the lives of young people who need our support most.”

Steve Neale, Operations Director for Wiltshire & Swindon Sport, added:As the County Sports Partnership, we are delighted to be running our second Get on Track in Wiltshire after a really successful programme delivered in Swindon last year. We have engaged again with many key partners, and are delighted to be teaming up with The Blagrave Trust and Youth Action Wiltshire. Everything is shaping up for another inspirational and rewarding programme for the young people involved”.

Cleo Evans, Youth Programmes Coordinator for Youth Action Wiltshire, added: “Youth Action Wiltshire are aimed at helping young people develop the confidence and attitudes to succeed in their goals. This is a perfect way to do that, which will provide our young leaders the opportunity to learn from a world class athlete while supporting young people who wish to make positive changes in their life and hopefully making a difference to their own.”

Tessa Hibbert, Blagrave Trust

The Blagrave Trust supports youth charities who offer young people facing disadvantage the opportunity to make a successful transition to adult life. We are delighted to be supporting this initiative which will help young people from Wiltshire make positive changes to their lives.

For further information please contact Cleo Evans from Youth Action Wiltshire on cleo@youthactionwiltshire.org or 07730812758

Please direct all media enquiries to Rob Phillips, Communications Officer at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust on robp@damekellyholmestrust.org or 07960 247035

For more information visit: http://www.damekellyholmestrust.org/get-on-track

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