|Wigan leads the way in helping young people Get on Track
A PIONEERING programme using sport to get young people active, motivated and ready for work has proved to be a huge success in Wigan.
Results show that 94 per cent of individuals who took part in the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust Get on Track course in October 2013 have now entered employment, education or training - 24 per cent higher than the national programme average.
And there has been a 62 per cent increase in the number of young people who completed the courses in January and October 2013 now participating regularly in sport and physical activity.
Rob Burrows, of WLCT - which manages the programme on behalf of Wigan Council - said: " The course isn’t just about getting active, it’s about learning new skills, building relationships and working together as a team. There’s also the chance to gain qualifications to help participants taking their first steps into the world of employment.
“We were delighted to be the first area in the north west to offer the course and are really pleased that we’ve been able to inspire and change the lives of so many young people.”
Greg Broughton attended in October last year and has now started an apprenticeship role with WLCT. He said: “The programme did a lot for me and all the other people involve. It’s given me the chance to do what I love and others experience in something they never thought they’d do.
“If you are struggling to choose a career path or looking at what to do next, have a look at the DKH programme – it’s a fantastic programme run by an amazing group.”
Cllr Paul Kenny, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “The success of the Get on Track course in Wigan has been phenomenal. The figures speak for themselves, but it is stories like Greg’s that show the real difference the sessions can make to people’s lives. Well done to everyone involved.”
WLCT have another Get on Track programme starting in October this year. If you think you or somebody you know would like to sign up then please contact Rob Burrows on 01942 488495 or e-mail email@example.com