On Camp with Kelly

Programme Aims

The aims of ‘On Camp with Kelly’ were:

  • To retain talented young middle distance athletes in the sport
  • To assist transition from talented junior to successful senior athlete
  • To teach what it takes to become a world class athlete
  • To develop athletes as ‘all-round’ people
About This Programme

In January 2004, as she prepared for the Athens Olympics, Kelly realised that, whatever happened at the Games, she wanted to help young athletes learn what it takes to become world class and assist them to achieve their dreams. She believed that athletes could learn from her life, with its mixture of successes, setbacks and disappointments, and hoped that she could assist them to develop in their own careers. Kelly approached Aviva about her idea for a mentoring and education programme called 'On Camp with Kelly' and they agreed to support it.

Despite the huge changes that affected Kelly's life after winning two gold medals in Athens, she was completely dedicated to driving ‘On Camp with Kelly’ (OCWK) forwards. Her vision of OCWK was that it should be an educational development programme so that the athletes who are part of it gained life experiences as well as learnt what it takes to become a world class athlete.

'On Camp with Kelly' ran as the flagship Kelly Holmes Education programme, with the support of Aviva, through until the end of 2012.

Final year
  • 4 Get-Togethers
  • Training Camp in Portugal
  • Races at 2 Aviva Grand Prix events
  • Celebration Avent for all Athletes, Parents and Coaches
  • Four Get-Togethers
  • Training Camp in Tonbridge
  • Media Event to present research findings
  • Races at 2 Aviva Grand Prix events

74 athletes aged between 16 and 27 were supported over the course of the programme - 55 female and 19 male. 'On Camp with Kelly' also supported the athletes' personal coaches.


The following modules were delivered across the entire programme:

  • Water Running
  • Circuit Training
  • Cross Training and Rehabilitation
  • Drills
  • Pilates
  • Core Stability
  • Biomechanics
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Staying Fit and Healthy
  • Female Athlete Triad
  • Self-Massage
  • Injury Prevention
  • Acclimatisation
  • Nutrition for Performance
  • Nutrition and Bone Health
  • Hydration
  • Practical Cookery Skills
  • Goal Setting
  • Season Preparation
  • Competition Simulation
  • Using Mental Imagery
  • Lifestyle Management
  • Coping with Transition from Junior to Senior
  • Financial Planning
  • CV Writing
  • Interview Techniques
  • Time Management
  • Media Training
  • Using Social Media
  • UK Anti-Doping

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