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Orbit South partners with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

Dame KellyOrbit South has formed a great new partnership with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to deliver their innovative “Get on Track” project for young people. The programme aims to help young people get back into education, employment or training, increase their participation in sports and boost their levels of motivation and self-esteem. 

Young people who take part in the programme will receive mentoring from professional athletes who help to run the programme and aim to inspire the participants.  

The programme, funded by Orbit South, will be running for young people between 16 and 25 years old in Thanet, Maidstone and Medway. It has been supported by Orbit’s Community Investment fund which has committed to invest £102,000 over the next year to provide the programme in these areas.

Sam Scharf, Head of Community Investment at Orbit said, “This is a great project, and one that we are very excited to start working on with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. We are committed to building communities in the widest sense and we see this as a unique opportunity for our customers to get involved with truly inspirational athletes which will ultimately enable them to achieve great things in their lives.”

Double Olympic Champion and Chair of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust said: “I’m delighted that my charity is being supported by Orbit to deliver more programmes for young people in Kent. This will be a great partnership as they really share our ethos of working within communities to make lasting positive change. Being Kent born and bred, this area is very important to me, and so it’s fantastic that we can, through the support from Orbit South, create more opportunities for disadvantaged young people to really turn their lives around and lead more positive and active lives.”

The Trust’s work has already had a very positive outcome for one Orbit customer in Thanet, who has been successful in securing a full time job.

If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity for a young person please contact Clare Maclean-Bell on or call 07912 965216.