We have invested £6.9 million into the programme which is run by the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. Over the next four years Get on Track will engage with more than 3,000 vulnerable young people aged between 16 and 25 and provide them with a stepping stone into community sport. Over a 16 session period each young person will be supported through a tailored sport and personal development programme by a team of Olympic, Paralympic, World and Commonwealth athlete mentors.
The young people are able to choose from a range of sports that are offered through the programme and are expected to take part in at least one sport activity during each of the 16 sessions. To encourage them to keep playing sport, athlete mentors work with the young people to explore how sport can fit into their everyday lives and how they can get involved locally.
Many of the young people supported by the programme have a history of being disengaged from formal structures so Get on Track also supports and trains local clubs and coaches to understand the needs of the young people, therefore making it easier for the Get on Track graduates to make the transition into community sport.
The programme also supports the wider outcomes of moving young people into employment and training.
Watch the video opposite to find out how Get on Track changed the life of Alex.