Dame Kelly Holmes

Young People Need A Mentor To Unlock Their Potential

Dame Kelly Holmes | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Sport
Dame Kelly Holmes

Everyone needs someone to help them live a positive life and realise their true potential. This is why I set up my charity, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, eight years ago on the eve of the Beijing Games. I embarked on this mission because I realised two things: not enough young people have a mentor figure in their life; and secondly because I knew the solution.

Rio Can Deliver a Lasting Legacy to the UK Economy

Emma Atkins | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Sport
Emma Atkins

We began in 2012 after London to tap into this 'wasted workforce' (as I like to call it), yet, we are a long way off realising its true value and potential. We often talk about 'Olympic legacy' in terms of sports participation, infrastructure and tourism. It's time we added world class athletes to this list.

Businesses Must Create Environments Where Young People Can Thrive

Emma Atkins | Posted 27.05.2017 | UK
Emma Atkins

I first met Martine about six years ago. She was unemployed and regularly in trouble with the law. The truth is she had lost her way and needed some guidance. A few weeks ago our paths crossed again; and what a transformation...

Union Flag Debate

Dame Kelly Holmes | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Sport
Dame Kelly Holmes

As a double Olympic Champion and international senior athlete for 12 years, I can say first hand the pride I felt each time I qualified to represent my country and how significant wearing a British vest was. The Union Flag represents a massive sense of passion and identity and an incredible sense of achievement.

Find Your Debbie Page and Unlock Your #DoubleGold

Dame Kelly Holmes | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Dame Kelly Holmes

What makes me smile? This does: youth unemployment is down. In fact it's down a lot... Without doubt the figures say we're going in the right direction, but I've got some bits of paper in front of me now which tell me there's a long, long way to go yet. My charity has just carried out some research on young people who've been labelled as 'NEETs'. It's a horrible term I know - and in case you didn't know, it means Not in Employment, Education or Training - but they're exactly the type of people we work with, and we need to understand how they're thinking in 2014 in order to help them.

The Fight for Equality in Sport Rages On

James Willstrop | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK Sport
James Willstrop

That the women are no less exceptional at what they do is clear and last week's event proved this beyond doubt. The women's game is as competitive as ever and they are just as fiercely dedicated to their sport as the men, if not more. Why then should they reap less?

The End Game: Coaching and Retirement

Bev James | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Sport
Bev James

Olympic athlete Chris Hoy, 37, recently announced his retirement from competitive cycling after winning 11 world titles. Retirement is often treated as a taboo subject in the world of sport so what happens to sports figures when they retire and why do so many struggle to cope?

Matt Bagwell

Dame Kelly Holmes: How Showbiz Are You?

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Bagwell | Posted 02.08.2012 | Home

She's an Olympic gold medalist and a Dame (get 'er) but has she let either go to her head? Time to find out as we ask, Dame Kelly Holmes - how showbiz...

FIRST LOOK: Ab Fab Stars Go For Gold In Olympics Special

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Dean | Posted 18.07.2012 | UK Entertainment

Pictures from the Absolutely Fabulous Olympics special have been released, showing Patsy and Eddy getting their game face on. The Olympics-themed e...

Why We're Getting Involved in Universities Week

James Woodward | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education
James Woodward

This year's celebration of higher education in the UK has an Olympic theme. So it was natural for UCAS to team up with our nearest uni to mark the event and raise money for charity.

London 2012: One Hundred Days To Go

Mark Hillary | Posted 17.06.2012 | UK Sport
Mark Hillary

It is exactly one hundred days until the opening ceremony of the London Olympic games when, under Danny Boyle's direction, thousands of British volunteers will show the world that the UK can match anything China did four years ago.

London 2012 Can Challenge Negative Perceptions of Youth

Dame Kelly Holmes | Posted 30.12.2012 | UK Sport
Dame Kelly Holmes

It saddens me whenever I see yet another story labelling all of the youth of Britain as uneducated, unemployable or criminals. A lot of people have a toxic attitude to youth in this country which can be damaging and, in my experience, tarnishing them all in this way is completely unfair.

How Sport Relief Really Can Help Disadvantaged Youths Around the World

Kevin Cahill | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK Sport
Kevin Cahill

Sport Relief was set up in 2002 to use the power and passion of sport to do good. It was founded on the premise that sportsmen and women have the power to drive awareness and engagement; and that the convening power of sport itself offered a genuine opportunity to drive change.