The Isle of Man Sports Development Unit and the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association joined forces with Doug Barrowman, in conjunction with Creechurch Capital, and two other sponsors to fund a Kelly Holmes Education Programme for the Island, named ‘The Isle of Man Sporting Excellence Programme’.

The people of the Isle of Man are passionate about nurturing and gaining recognition for the Island’s sporting talent. For the first time talented performers and coaches from across the Island came together to learn from leading experts in their field, to ultimately raise performance standards.

60 Sporting Performers aged 13-57 years and 40 Coaches, across a range of sports participate in the Programme.

The Programme was launched by the Double Olympic Champion, Dame Kelly Holmes, and ran for 2 years and involved 3 Workshop Days each year that helped the athletes prepare for elite performance, multi sport and major championship competition.