Head of Further Education meets Dame Kelly Holmes

March 2013

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Head of Further Education at Writtle College Andy Sparks met double Olympic Champion Dame Kelly Holmes at a special event celebrating the role colleges have in inspiring young people.

Dame Kelly was the special guest at the NCFE and Tribal Annual Dinner held at the impressive Merchant Taylors' Hall in London, which was attended by college senior staff from across London and the South East.

Dame Kelly Holmes said: “Working with young people to develop and raise their aspirations is a very important in all the work that I do. Having worked with students through colleges I realise how important on-going support and a variety of opportunities are to encourage every young person to make the most of their lives. It was nice to see the passion Andy has in his role as Head of Further Education at Writtle College.”

Dame Kelly spoke of her Army career and her 12 years of international athletics, as well as the charity which she founded, the DKH Legacy Trust, and her work with young people in colleges through Kelly Holmes Education.

Andy said: “Dame Kelly was an inspirational speaker and it was interesting to hear her views of education and how colleges like ours have an important role to play in changing the lives and aspirations of young people.

“At Writtle College, we offer a range of Sport courses for students who have completed their GCSEs – from development, coaching and fitness to outdoor adventure. We are committed to giving students the skills they need for a career in this hugely diverse industry or to progress onto university education here at the College – and I’m sure Dame Kelly has inspired many of our students to look seriously at Sport for their futures.”