More than Medals Athlete Transition Programme 

The Dame Kelly Holmes (DKH) Trust have recently announced the launch of the More than Medals Athlete Transition programme for 2020. Caradh O’Donovan is one of a number of world class athletes who have been accepted on to the programme. Supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery in the UK, the Trust will be assisting fifty world class athletes over the next two years to transition to a life beyond sport. This will in turn allow the Trust to increase the depth and capacity of their athlete mentor team to work with more young people facing disadvantage.

The programme is designed to assist athletes coming to the end of their sporting careers with the transition to a life beyond sport. Over the two years, they will undertake monthly workshops on topics such as safeguarding, public speaking and mental health first aid training as well as supporting on various young people programmes. Additionally they will gain an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Accredited Level 5 qualification in Mentoring and Coaching through the University of Bath.

Independent research conducted by Professor David Lavallee and Dr Pete Coffee at the University of Stirling demonstrated athletes ability to be high performing beyond sport across a diverse range of roles. By supporting them through this transition period the DKH Trust will be helping them develop a post sport career and also allowing them to make a positive impact to society as a whole. 

More information on the programme can be found here.