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Youngsters and sports stars ‘Get on Track’ at celebratory awards ceremony

11 April 2017

Participants of the inspirational ‘Get on Track’ programme were celebrated at a recent action-packed award ceremony held at Maesteg Town Hall.

Already a big UK-wide success, ‘Get on Track’ is the flagship community-based, personal, social and emotional development programme of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and was launched in Bridgend County Borough last year as Wales’ first ever ‘Get on Track’ initiative. Using the elite athletes Philippa Tuttiett, ex-Wales’ women’s rugby winger and Christian Roberts, ex-Bluebird footballer, as both mentors and role models, the programme, supported by Bridgend County Borough Council, helps to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people aged 16-25 who are not in education, employment or training, or who may be at risk of dropping out, by providing them with opportunities to participate in sport, volunteering, training and employability workshops.  The development sessions have included physical challenges, first aid courses, working with children and mock interviews run by ‘Get on Track’ partners HALO, AWEN, Bridgend College and Careers Wales. 

The awards ceremony, attended by an array of local dignitaries, sponsor companies and current and ex sports stars, marked the culmination of the 2016/17 programme and included presentations for the five main awards: Resilience, Determination, Focus, Motivation and Confidence.

Winning the award for ‘Resilience’ was 20-year old Scott Lewis from Bridgend, who overcame various personal challenges and disabilities to continue to attend the programme. He was commended by his mentors for the mental resilience he had demonstrated throughout the programme.

Also commended for the determination he had shown to overcoming his fear of interviews was 17-year old Alex Bowen from Maesteg.  Following his enthusiastic participation in a round of highly-praised mock interviews, Alex successfully overcame his lack of confidence and was awarded the ‘Determination’ award, as a result.

Recognised for overcoming his fear of speaking in front of people was 23-year old Ian Richards from Pencoed who, having started the programme late as a quiet, nervous member of the team, was commended for his turnaround into a competent team-player with a new-found focus on his future career goals and was duly awarded the ‘Focus’ award. 

Praised for his infectious enthusiasm and motivation levels was 23-year old Wyn Robson from Sarn, whose passion, drive and energy for the programme and his team saw him presented with the ‘Motivation’ award. 

Lastly, the evening saw 19-year old Jasmin Bungay from Bridgend recognised for her growing confidence levels to become one of the leaders of the group.  Presented the ‘Confidence’ award, Jasmin credits the programme for reminding her of the person she used to be and said: “The course has completely changed me and I now want to be the best version of myself that I can be.

“I’ve tried things that I never thought I would and working with the elite athletes has been inspiring.  They keep reminding you that you can do amazing things and that you are just as capable as anyone else to be amazing.

“I want as many young people as possible who don’t feel that they are good enough to get involved with this course because they can do it!” 

Hosting the award ceremony,  Karen Winch, Active Bridgend Officer for Bridgend County Borough Council’s Active Young People Department (AYPD) said: “We are extremely proud of the participants of the ‘Get on Track’ programme here in Bridgend County Borough and it’s a pleasure to be part of a ceremony that rewards their hard work.

“The young people taking part in this scheme come from a range of backgrounds. Some may have been in care, suffered bullying, are homeless, or have been at risk of offending, while some are just increasingly facing challenges in finding employment or engaging in education.  It is heart-warming to see the exceptional progress made here tonight.

“Elite athletes such as Christian, Philippa, and Dame Kelly Holmes herself, possess unique skills and attitudes. They know exactly what it is like to overcome adversity and still have the will to succeed.  I am extremely grateful to Christian and Philippa for sharing these qualities and their time to help our young people to fulfil their potential.”

Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes set up her charity in 2008, and it has so far reached over 300,000 young people.  Last year 68 percent of young people who took part in ‘Get on Track’ moved into employment, education or training within five months. You can find out more at

More information on Bridgend’s ‘Get on Track’ initiative can be obtained by contacting Bridgend County Borough Council’s ‘Active Young People’ department on 01656 815218 or by emailing

Last Updated: 11/04/2017
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