Noble Solicitors attended the Dame Kelly Holmes charity event
On Tuesday 29th January Natalie Taylor and Alex Radley attended the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust charity evening.
Through Lottery funding, Sport England will invest £6.9 million in the charity's Get on Track programme, taking it right across the country over the next four years.
The event, which was broadcast live by BBC London, saw Trust CEO Julie Whelan, alongside Sport England Chief Executive Jennie Price, launch the partnership.
As well as looking to the future, Tuesday’s celebration event was also focused on the present. Get on Track groups from Bristol, Hackney and Croydon all reached the 'Go' stage of Get on Track, and were able to celebrate their successes in front of a host of DKH Legacy Trust valued partners, supporters and sponsors.
The event marked one of the biggest days in the Trust's short history, with Dame Kelly Holmes saying:
"It's overwhelming to have Sport England support my charity like this. We have come so far since we started in 2008, and this funding will make such a difference to the lives of so many young people over the next four years."
The day started a few hours beforehand, as DKH Legacy Trust athletes, young people across a range of Get on Tracks were led by Dame Kelly in a unique Get on Track session.
The afternoon saw young people (from past and present Get on Tracks) from Birmingham, Reading, Hackney, Bristol and Lewisham come together, where they were really able to put what they'd learned from Get on Track to the test.
One young man present, Andrew Lunnon, was part of the Get on Track Reading group back in 2010. Watching Andy grow from a shy boy lacking in confidence to becoming a confident, active young man has been a real privilege.
Sport England Chief Executive, Jennie Price, said: "Andrew's story is a great example of sport's ability to improve lives. Through our support for Get on Track, we want to help many more young people to take charge of their lives and turn things around for the better."
Get on Track uses sport and physical activity to engage young people aged between 16 and 25 alongside three months of intensive mentoring from world class athletes. With support from their mentors, the young people plan, develop and deliver volunteering projects in their local community.
Minister for Sport, Hugh Robertson, said: "Sport can make a great contribution to young people's lives - improving their health, well-being and confidence. The expansion of Dame Kelly Holmes' 'Get on Track' will benefit young people up and down the country and give them a sense of direction and purpose."
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