Get On Track Selby Celebration
Posted: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 11:06
Young people from Selby celebrated their success yesterday after completing the North Yorkshire Sport and Dame Kelly Holmes Trust "Get on Track" programme, which uses sports activities to increase employability and confidence.
Ten young people from the area attended the full day event along with family members and staff from organisations who have helped them through the programme. It marked their 'graduation' from the nine-week course, and asked them to look forward to what their future might hold.
Participants on the course described their experiences during the day:
"It's been amazing, best thing I've ever done. It's about doing what you have to do to get where you want to be. I couldn't fault it."
"It's made me a better person, kept me out of trouble, made new friends, kept me active and improved my confidence."
"I feel more confident in myself, now if I go for interviews I won't feel as nervous. If you want to meet people and get confidence in yourself it's a brilliant place to come."
The young people celebrated alongside their athlete mentors, former Rugby League player Paul Broadbent and former Olympic swimmer James Kirton. 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".
Jane Garrett from North Yorkshire Sport who manages the programme said, "This group of young people have been through a really testing environment over the course of the programme which we know has helped them develop new skills and more importantly belief in themselves. We look forward to hearing how they get on in education, employment or whatever is next for them in their lives."
For more information about the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust visit www.damekellyholmestrust.org