Young people in Blaenau Gwent to be mentored by world class athletes.
Tai Calon Community Housing is working in partnership with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust by supporting the Get on Track programme throughout April, May and June this year.
The programme is led by former Welsh 15’s Rugby International and mentor, Philippa Tuttiett, who recently captained the Welsh 7’s rugby team at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, Liz Johnson, a Paralympian, World and European gold medallist swimmer and Tai Calon’s very own Employment & Skills Team. With the help of the mentors, local young people are learning to develop the high performing attitudes of confidence, resilience, determination, focus and motivation from the course.
Get on Track is designed to inspire confidence and trust, build team skills, personal awareness and engage young people in a series of high energy sessions. Top athletes act as mentors for 16 to 25-year- olds to help them reach their potential. Double Gold Olympian and President of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Dame Kelly Holmes said:
“We are delighted to be in Blaenau Gwent running our flagship programme Get on Track, which will help transform the lives of so many people across the borough. World-class athletes have a set of attitudes and capabilities which has led them to reach the top of their sport. We use them to transform the lives of young people and equip them with the skills needed to lead positive lives.”
Ross Watts, Head of Communities at Tai Calon said:
“We are extremely excited to work with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. We know that many young people in the area just need a positive role model and a chance to kick start their journey back to employment and/or education. Blaenau Gwent has a rich sporting history and using the positive attributes of elite level sportsmen and sportswomen in unlocking young people’s potential is truly innovative.”