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Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to help Jersey youngsters Get on Track

Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to help Jersey youngsters Get on Track

Monday 18 October 2021

Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to help Jersey youngsters Get on Track


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Jersey Sport is working with Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to bring their community-based personal, social and emotional development ‘Get on Track for Wellbeing’ programme to Jersey.

Get on Track for Wellbeing is a 19-day programme delivered over six weeks, designed to help young people aged 16-25 years old to become more physically active and to help improve their mental wellbeing. It’s aimed at young people who currently are not, or are at risk of, not being in education, training or employment.

The programme will be delivered by two world class athletes from the Trust - England Badminton Commonwealth and European Medallist Liz Cann and Paralympic Footballer Jack Rutter - who are specifically trained by the Trust to help young people reach their full potential. Athletes make exceptional mentors and role models, using skillsets learnt as part of their unique experiences from the world of elite level sport – resilience, motivation, perseverance to name but a few – to equip young people with valuable life skills needed to achieve in education, work and life. This first pilot scheme will see 20 young people from Jersey benefit from the problem solving, confidence building, physical activity and wellbeing development activities included within the programme, starting this November, thanks to sponsors Ocorian.

We are also currently working with Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to deliver their On Track to Achieve for Education programme in Le Rocquier and Grainville Schools until next June, thanks to generous funding received from private individuals.

Liz Cann, Athlete Mentor for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust said, “I'm excited to come back to Jersey and have the opportunity to pass back to the younger generation some of the key skills and attributes that I learned on my journey as a professional athlete. These skills are what contribute towards improvement and success not only in sport, but in every area of life, and I look forward to seeing the amazing progress that I know the group will achieve as we work together for several weeks."

Cirsty de Gruchy, Head of Move More Jersey explained, “We’re absolutely thrilled to have secured the funding from Ocorian to enable us to bring the Get on Track for Wellbeing programme to Jersey, working with the talented athlete mentors from Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. Besides educating the young people about how to improve their health and wellbeing, we’ll be helping them develop knowledge on the importance of good nutrition and how to build an increased resilience to cope with life. The programme will explore various ways to support good emotional health and stress management, providing the tools to gain confidence to move into further education, training or employment.”

We will be holding Get on Track Open Days on 19 and 20 October at Beresford Street Kitchen at the following times for anyone wishing to come and find out more about the programme from athlete mentor Liz Cann:

• Tuesday 19 October: 13:00- 14:00
• Wednesday 20 October: 11:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 14:00

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