North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area
Achieve was one of six projects to receive initial funding by the Essential Life Skills Fund to deliver extra-curricular projects and activities for children and young people aged 5-18 years old.
The North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area is one of 12 areas identified nationally by the Department for Education to receive support to improve social mobility and to help children and young people get the best start in life.
The funding has allowed us to deliver five 12 week programmes across four schools on the East Coast. The schools we have worked with are;
George Pindar School
The programmes engaged a total of 71 young people; 59 of which completed the whole programme. The programmes took a focus on improving resilience, physical and mental well being and improved self-confidence.
- Coastal Opportunities Impact (PDF, 2.9 Mb)
James Kirton - Athlete Mentor
James represented Great Britain for over six years, reaching Olympic, World and European level. His defining moment in swimming came in 2008 as James defied injuries to swim his way to his childhood dream of becoming an Olympian.
The dedication, commitment and the hours needed to build his dream has seen regular 4.30am starts, thousands of metres of swimming every day and a positive attitude to boot. James retired from swimming, which in his own words, was a career which 'tested his inner strength with its many ups and downs along the journey'.
As a young swimmer, James showed the promise to go all the way to the top and worked to make it a reality. James believes that his story has a message for anyone wanting to find their inner strength to fulfil their potential.
Ian Kirchner-Waines - Youth Worker
Ian works for North Yorkshire Youth and is a Youth Development worker covering the Scarborough district.