Launched in March, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust’s, in partnership with Flying Futures CIC first Get on Track programme for young people facing disadvantage in Doncaster has been deemed a huge success.
Flying Futures CIC a Doncaster based organisation is the new strategic partner working with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust in South Yorkshire (excluding Sheffield). The programme has been lead by footballer Anthony Lormor, with support from basketball player Andrew Bridge and the Flying Futures community team. The team have been working with a group of young people, who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) that have been taking part in the Dame Kelly Holmes Get on Track programme, learning new skills and improving their confidence in order to make them more employable.
The young people celebrated their success at the Go event on Friday starting with a visit from MP Caroline Flint congratulated them and spoke about their achievements. Before travelling to Hatfield waterpark to take part in some final team building activities and a celebratory award ceremony.
The young people have learned to develop the high performing attitudes of confidence, resilience, determination, focus and motivation. As well as gaining useful qualifications. The course delivered a wide range of activities such as, CV writing, skills development workshops, running sessions on team building, communication and confidence building, as well as goal-setting workshops that saw the group really kick started in to setting themselves aims to work towards.
One of the young people who seized the opportunity to make positive changes in their life is Lawrie Hallatt, “I feel like a different person, more alert and happy in myself…it’s a brilliant way to engage with different people from different backgrounds and helps massively with confidence and self-esteem the support we have received so far is amazing, it is the first time in a long time I have felt this amount of support” and the support doesn’t end there. The group will go on to receive twelve months of follow on mentorship from the Dame Kelly Holmes athletes as well as continued from the Flying Futures community programme has come to a close.
Footballer and Dame Kelly Holmes Trust athlete mentor, Anthony Lormor said: “I’ve seen first-hand the impact that Get on Track has on young people’s lives and through a range of one-to-one mentoring, support and volunteering, participants are leaving recognising their potentials and the skills and attitudes they already had that will no doubt lead to even more positive life changes in future.”
Bobby Johnson, Futures Communities Manager at Flying Futures CIC said “It was inspiring to see the progress the young people made during the Get on Track programme, I am really looking forward to supporting their development in the future and any other get on track programmes in Doncaster”.
Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes set up her charity in 2008, which has now reached over 300,000 young people across the UK through its transformational and inspirational programmes, led by a fantastic team of athlete mentors.