Local Students Receive ‘Transformational Mentoring’ From World Class Athletes

19th August 2016

Students at Kirkcaldy High School in Fife will receive transformational mentoring from world class athletes, as part of an innovative new project to support young people facing disadvantage in isolated areas of England, Scotland and Wales.

Launched by Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, pupils from Kirkcaldy High School will participate on their On Track to Achieve programme and also help support vital research to truly understand the barriers that young people face to access support in these hard to reach areas.

The project was made possible following a significant Extra Award of £200,000 from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Founder and President of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Dame Kelly Holmes, said: “We believe that a young person’s life chances should not be determined by their postcode and are committed to finding new ways to engage with young people in isolated areas.

“Over 240 students will benefit directly from our athletes as part of this project, however most importantly the research will help transform the lives of thousands more in the future who would otherwise experience difficulty in receiving support.”

On Track to Achieve uses world class athletes to empower young people in full time education to fulfil their potential. The programme is targeted at students facing challenging personal circumstances or suffering from low levels of self-esteem and confidence.

Working in small groups of 5-8 students, athlete mentors provide tailored support to enhance participants’ personal and social development, through the setting of individual goals and targets. Young people also develop vital skills, such as teamwork, and learn to

Head of Young Peoples Programmes at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Ben Hilton, said: “This is a really big step forward for us as a charity and will demonstrate our commitment to listen to the voices of young people. We’re looking forward to using this information to tailor our delivery in isolated areas.”

Head of Charities for People’s Postcode Lottery, Clara Govier, added: “Players of People’s Postcode Lottery will be glad to know this programme is only possible thanks to the money they have raised. It will be exciting to see this develop and the journey of the young people involved.”

To date, People’s Postcode Lottery players have awarded Dame Kelly Holmes Trust over £800,000.


For more information or to arrange an interview with Ben Hilton or a visit to see the programme in action, please contact Rochelle Owusu-Antwi at 02077638600 or email [email protected].

About Dame Kelly Holmes Trust
Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is a national charity supporting young people facing disadvantage through high-impact mentoring programmes led by world-class athletes. The Trust currently deploys athletes onto a diverse range of personal development programmes and community projects. The Trust is passionate about evaluating the positive and sustainable effects of programmes on young people’s behaviours, skills and abilities: impact is measured through their social return on investment (SROI). For more information visit www.damekellyholmestrust.org

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