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World class athletes supporting young people in Bournemouth and Poole to get back on track

World class athletes will support young people in Bournemouth and Poole to improve their teamwork skills, self-confidence, health, and wellbeing thanks to Ansbury’s project ‘Face Forward’ and Dame Kelly Holmes Trust’s programme ‘Get on Track’.

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Face Forward is an innovative project funded by the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme, to support young people in Bournemouth, Poole, and Dorset into employment, education, and training.

Dame Kelly Holmes TrustGet on Track’ programme trains and develops world class athletes to empower young people facing disadvantage. This enables them to take control of their own futures and contribute positively within their local communities.

The community-based personal, social and emotional development programme starts on 17th July and is being led by sighted goalkeeper for the Great Britain Blind football team Dan James and professional British vert skater Rich Parker. The sessions – run over four weeks – will allow young people to get involved in a wide range of experiential and practical activities, including sports and team-building, CV writing and interview skills workshops. The programme also covers topics such as drugs, alcohol and healthy eating to help young people realise the attitudes and behaviours needed to make long term positive life choices.

Last year the programme was delivered in 62 areas of the UK and over two thirds who took part were in employment, education or training within five months of starting the programme. A further 77% of young people felt more connected to their local community.

Dan James said: “We believe as a charity that every young person, no matter what their background or current circumstances has the potential to lead a positive life. I can’t wait to start working with the young people in Bournemouth and Poole and helping them to realise the attitudes of determination, focus, resilience, motivation and confidence.”

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To take part in this opportunity, young people must be aged 16-24, not in employment, education or training, have the right to work in the UK, and have previously enrolled in the Face Forward programme.

Face Forward is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the National Lottery Community Fund.