Friday, 7 February 2014


The second group of local young people has graduated successfully from the Get On Track programme run by Dame Kelly Holmes’ charity, the DKH Legacy Trust, delivered in partnership with Thanet District Council and Sport 4 NRG. 
This Wednesday (5 February) saw the young people celebrate their achievements at Baypoint Leisure Club, Sandwich at a presentation ceremony with their mentor athletes and Thanet District Council’s Chairman, Cllr Kay Dark. 

Get On Track, which is delivered in partnership with Thanet District Council and Sport 4 NRG, has seen world-class athletes provide mentoring and support to youngsters as they get ‘fit for work’. Through committing to a healthy and active lifestyle, this will help inspire them to make positive changes to their lives.

The athlete mentors on the programme were International Beach Volleyball player Chris Gregory and Commonwealth Games triple-jumper Michelle Griffith-Robinson. These athletes used their knowledge and experience of facing adversity and overcoming the odds to succeed, to help the young people struggling to find work.
This is the second Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust programme to take place in Thanet, following the successful programme in April and May. Over the past few weeks, the young adults have learnt skills such as how to plaster a wall, how to lay a brick wall and even cared for the community over Christmas time by providing lunch for the elderly. They have also achieved both a first aid and a sports leadership qualification and through the support of local businesses, they’ve also gained an insight into employment.
Dame Kelly was delighted with the group’s progression on the programme, having visited them in December 2013, and is looking forward to being a part of their continued journey over the coming months.
She said: “They’ve 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. 
“It was fantastic to meet the group earlier on in the programme, and this group can now take inspiration from the coming weeks of sport, and see just what success a determined, positive attitude can bring. Success in sport can be linked to success in life; and this is a value this group has learnt from the past weeks on my charity’s programme.”
Chairman of Thanet District Council, Councillor Kay Dark said: “This fantastic programme has motivated and brought a group of 18-24 year olds out of their shell and has turned them into confident and self-motivated young adults. I’m delighted that we’re the first council in Kent to deliver this scheme as it has been incredible to see the positive impact that Clare, Michelle and Chris have had on the Get on Track candidates.”

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