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Selby Young Lives Get On Track with Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

Posted: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:43

Selby Young Lives Get On Track with Dame Kelly Holmes Trust
  • Young people celebrate with world class athletes Paul Broadbent and Ben Pipes
  • North Yorkshire programme makes young adults more employable through sports activity

Young people from Selby celebrated their success with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust "Get on Track" programme which uses sports activities to increase employability and confidence.

The personal development programme is organised in the area by North Yorkshire Sport, a registered charity aiming to change lives through sports participation across the North Yorkshire communities. Partnering with North Yorkshire Youth and The Dame Kelly Homes Trust, "Get on Track" targets 16-25 year olds who are struggling with employability and uses athlete mentors to encourage determination and self-belief.

At the "Go" event young people celebrated alongside their athlete mentors, former Rugby League player Paul Broadbent and GB Men's Volleyball Captain at 2012 Olympic Games, Ben Pipes. The athletes provide the young people with advice and support on facing adversity and achieving employment goals in the same way they would achieve sports activity goals.

Paul Broadbent said, "Each young person has great progress on this course; facing up to and conquering lots of challenges that have previously held them back. Each one of them has moved forward. Their new found self-belief and ability to present themselves extremely well along with building confidence to positively engage with people they've never met before has been superb. They have recognised the qualities needed to be successful in life and work; we as the delivery team feel extremely proud".

Ollie who graduated on 16th November at the Owl Hotel, said to the audience of 30 people "I find it amazing that I can stand here and talk in front of you. I had an interview before the programme and I was stuttering in front of just two guys and now I can just talk so confidently. I just find it amazing. I didn't know I could do it".

Dame Kelly was delighted with the group's progression on the programme, and is looking forward to being a part of their continued journey over the coming months. She said:

"These young people from Selby have been on an incredible journey over the past few weeks, and the key focus now is for them to remain positive and keep up all their good work. This group can now take inspiration from their athlete mentors and see just what success a determined, positive attitude can bring. Success in sport can be linked to success in life; and this is something this group has learnt from the past weeks on my charity's "Get on Track" programme."

To find out more about North Yorkshire Sport, Get On Track and the 'GO' event visit www.northyorkshiresport.co.uk

For more information about the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust visit www.damekellyholmestrust.org

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