TRACK ACADEMY IS AN EDUCATIONAL,MENTORING AND SPORTS PROGRAMME WHICH SUPPORTS THE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE.
Track Academy helps young people realise they are more than the circumstances they are born into and helps them fulfil their true potential and develop as positive members of their community.
“At Track Academy we believe that if you can help a child understand at a young age that their thoughts and attitude will be the making or breaking of them, then you have empowered that child for life, in all aspects of their life.” Connie Henry, Director.
Education: One of the basic building blocks of success that Track Academy recognises is that all young people need to be educated to the highest level possible. The Academy supports this premise by monitoring the Student Athletes’ academic attainment and offering all members of Track Academy maths and English tuition in our Saturday morning supplementary school which has been quality assured by the NRCSE Bronze Award. On top of this, we provide monthly educational workshops to broaden the Student Athletes’ horizons and boost their self-esteem by giving them experiences in, around and outside of sport with motivational speakers, employability workshops, college visits and work experience opportunities.
Athlete Development: Sport or physical activity at any level has the unique ability to inspire and ultimately prove to young people that they can achieve things they set their mind to; the achievement can be small or large. Track Academy’s aim is to set the ball rolling on changing a young person’s thought process and thus their life. The coaches are of the highest calibre; most are international athletes turned talented coaches. The young people that attend the Academy are coached and mentored by these individuals from the outset, to become responsible educated athletes. These sessions are aimed at producing both club and international athletes and promoting a healthy lifestyle. The discipline and benefit of sport instils the critical “can do” outlook and focus, which is vital to a student’s successful educational development. Track Academy is built on the foundation that the power of sport creates lasting individual and social change.
Mentoring: This is the glue that holds Track Academy together. We have developed a method of Micro Mentoring for our Student Athletes where all staff – from our admin officers to our coaches – work to impact the attitude and behaviour of athletes by supporting and advising wherever the need presents itself. We also offer our athletes one-to-one weekly mentoring sessions and mentoring dinners with inspirational athletes, professionals who have been linked to the Academy via our Deutsche Bank partnership and respected members of the community who have been trained on our in house mentoring qualification which is certified by ASDAN. These individuals are consistent in their attitude, expectations and belief that a positive thought process is the cornerstone to success and realising ones dreams in life. The programme helps our Student Athletes to develop leadership skills and a positive outlook on their life challenges by giving the them an opportunity impact their peers and the running of the Academy in our Track Academy Athlete-Student Group (TAAG).