It seems the penny has dropped. In recent years, swathes of evidence has shown that not only is sport and physical activity hugely beneficial for our physical and mental health, but the provision of sporting opportunities has for a long time been simply not good enough. With sedentary lifestyles on the increase, and an obesity crisis enveloping the nation, a number of schemes and initiatives have emerged to tackle these issues. The fantastic Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is one of them, aiming to transform young lives through the unparalleled power of sport.

Get on Track

Its flagship development programme is Get on Track – a community-based personal, social and emotional development scheme.

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, empowering them to lead positive lives. The programme helps young people realise the attitudes and behaviours they need to make those long term positive life choices.

Using Sport to Improve Lives

In July 2018, the Get on Track programme came to Bournemouth for the first time. The Bournemouth programme is being delivered by Dan James, sighted goalkeeper for the England and Great Britain Blind football team for over a decade, and world X-Games medallist Richard Parker.

Richard had this to say about it:

The On Your Marks phase of this programme has been truly amazing. Seeing a group of individuals arrive on Day One and leave on Day Three as a tightly knit team of friends has been incredible. In just three days we have seen so many positive changes in members of the group, people who on day one barely had the confidence to say their name were, by the end of day three, leading challenges and tasks in front of a whole group.

Others who were quickly getting frustrated by tasks at the beginning of On Your Marks were the calming voice to the group when things got the most stressful in the ‘Don’t Go There’ challenge at the end of Day Three. To see what this group have achieved in just three days… I can’t wait to see what they’ll achieve by the end of the programme. Richard Parker, Get on Track

Last year 68% of young people who took part in Get On Track moved into employment, education or training within five months.  To find out more about Get On Track email contact@damekellyholmestrust.org.

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