Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

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  • Education
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Local / community
  • Young people

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National - England


Every year we get thousands of young lives back on track

Over the last ten years young people facing disadvantage have received over 27,500 hours of transformational mentoring from Olympic, Paralympic and world class athletes. Over 4,700 young people have completed one of our transformational programmes and over 240,000 young people have been impacted through our inspirational programmes.

We achieve this by training and developing world class athletes to deliver personal, social and emotional development programmes for young people facing disadvantage. Through transformational mentoring, young people become empowered them to realise the attitudes and behaviours needed to lead a positive life.

On Track to Achieve is a school based mentoring programme for young people facing disadvantage. The programme exists to ensure that these young people are given a fairer chance to develop key attitudes to help them succeed in education and life beyond it.

The emphasis of the programme is fulfilling potential and making real and lasting changes to young people's lives. The programme is delivered by the Trust’s team of Athlete Mentors, who use their motivational skills and life experience to inspire and empower young people to make positive and sustainable changes to their lives. Many of the young people we work with lack appropriate peer or family support, particularly those who have been homeless or lived within the care system. For young people lacking positive role models, the mentoring provided by our elite athletes is a critical part of this ongoing support.

During the programme, young people take part in intensive personal, social and emotional development sessions through one to one and small group mentoring. Sessions will develop motivation, confidence, and emotional resilience, enabling young people to communicate, work as a team and reflect on their own aspirations for the future.


Outcomes for young people:

The programmes ‘TRACK’ learning framework helps young people to develop key skills and is used to measure their development and progress.

Teachability: Young people will develop the right attitudes for learning, therefore they are more likely to stay in education.

Responsibility: Young people develop skills for managing self and leading others. This supports them in moving forwards into further education, training or employment.

Aspirations: Young people will raise aspirations and expectations on goals, meaning they will have purpose and vision, and understand the steps to achieve these goals.

Character: Young people will increase their confidence, self-belief and motivation.

Knowledge: Young people will further develop their skills and knowledge, giving them a broader approach and better outlook on their next steps.

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