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Young sports enthusiasts to be honoured in celebration evening

Derbyshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa is set to honour the achievements of young sporting enthusiasts during a special celebration ceremony.

Mr Dhindsa has been invited to attend the Sporting Futures’ and Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust’s graduation evening which will mark the successful completion of five weeks’ training for 16 youngsters from the county. 

The youngsters, aged between 16 and 25, who are not currently in education, employment or training, engaged in a variety of sports during the course to boost their confidence, communication skills, teamwork abilities and self-esteem. They also received practical advice on CV writing and interview skills.

The graduation ceremony takes place ahead of the United Nations’ International Youth Day which is observed annually on August 12 and is aimed at drawing attention to youth issues worldwide and to promote greater involvement of the younger generation in their communities.

“I’m very honoured to attend this event and to celebrate the achievements of the young people who’ve used their time so productively and effectively to learn new skills and gain confidence,” said Mr Dhindsa.

“Sporting Futures and its wider partners play an invaluable role in shaping young people’s lives and inspiring young people to achieve their best – qualities which will remain with them throughout their lives. We cannot underestimate the impact positive role models have on self-worth and ambition; both the Commissioner and I are very supportive of this successful diversionary scheme.

“Young people are the future and can help us to understand what drives people to criminal behaviour. It’s vital we listen to their views and ensure every young person is provided with the opportunity to make their lives a success – a message that will be enforced with next week’s International Youth Day.”

Sporting Futures was set up in 1994 to help young people who are not in employment, training or education and delivers four core functions: outreach community sport, one-to-one mentoring, volunteering experience and leadership training, all of which have been developed in partnership with a host of agencies and charities including the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust, the Youth Service, Connexions, local authorities, the County Sport Partnership and Derbyshire Constabulary.

One of the priorities of the scheme is to prevent young people from engaging in antisocial behaviour – one of the chief goals of the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan. It also seeks to address criminality through prevention and early intervention, helping young people to gain skills and confidence and become proactive in their futures.

Will Turner, Operations Director for Sporting Futures, said: “There are many young people in Derbyshire that grow up with the odds stacked against them, we believe in providing them with a future and we use the power of sport to achieve this. The work we do with young people diverts them away from anti-social behaviour and crime and puts them back on track by giving them employability skills that will enable them to improve their own lives and the communities in which they live.

“We are very proud of all of our young people and proud to be the local level partner for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust in Derbyshire.”

Get on Track is a mentoring programme led by world-class athletes. So far, 70% of the young people who have taken part have moved into employment, education or training within five months.

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles has previously praised the work of Sporting Futures and has allocated funding from his grant scheme to enable the organisation to continue its good work in the county.



Media Enquiries:    Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401


Posted on Thursday 6th August 2015
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