Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Double Olympic champion calls for the help of Thanet businesses

Dame Kelly Holmes calls on Thanet’s businesses to help her charity support the area’s young people.
For the first time in Kent, double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes is calling on Thanet businesses to start taking the lead.

Dame Kelly’s charity, the DKH Legacy Trust, in partnership with Thanet District Council's SPORT 4 NRG programme is supporting young people in Thanet, on its ‘Get on Track’ programme. Look at www.dkhlegacytrust.org to find out more.

Funded by National Lottery funds, awarded by Sport England, Get on Track sees world-class athletes provide mentoring and support to youngsters as they get ‘fit for work’ through committing to a healthy and active lifestyle, which will help inspire them to make positive changes to their lives.

On Wednesday 27 March Thanet District Council will be holding a presentation to various organisations in Kent to explain the scheme and involve them in this fantastic programme. If you want to find out how you can get involved, contact James Gregory on 01843 577728 or email james.gregory@thanet.gov.uk

Dame Kelly, who won gold in both the 800m and 1500m in 2004, said:

“My charity needs your support. Whether you can offer a CV workshop, interview practice sessions, work experience or employment, we’d love to work together to help Thanet’s young people.

The Olympics have done a great job in inspiring a future generation, and I hope my charity can do the same with your help.”

Councillor Iris Johnston, Cabinet Member for Community Services said: “It was a pleasure to meet Dame Kelly Holmes when she helped us to launch the Viking cycle trail many years ago and it’s wonderful that she is supporting Thanet again.

“Dame Kelly is a wonderful role model, working for a worthwhile programme supporting and encouraging the young people of Thanet.”

Thanet District Council/Sport 4 NRG will be enrolling 18-25yr olds in April, who is unemployed, and not in education or training. If you are in this age range, or you know someone who would be interested in joining up for a six week programme, please contact James Gregory at Thanet District Council on 01843 577728 or email on james.gregory@thanet.gov.uk to find out more and to get involved in this amazing scheme.

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