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Full report: Dame Kelly Holmes visits region

Dame Kelly Holmes is one of our most successful and best loved Olympic athletes. For the past year, the gold medalist has been helping to coach sport students at Gateshead College.

It has been a life changing experience for the young people, who have received a crash course in life at the very top of their field.

Today, at the end of the programme, they have been taking stock of their new skills.

Watch Helen Ford's report here:

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Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes back in region

Dame Kelly Holmes visits students at Gateshead College Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes has been back in the region, passing on tips to aspiring athletes.

The former 800 and 1500 metres star was working with students at Gateshead College.

It is the final visit for Dame Kelly and a team of experts after overseeing a year-long programme to help young people achieve their dreams through physical and mental preparation.

Dame Kelly Holmes visits Gateshead College

Students from Gateshead have been getting the chance to have a workshop with legendary olympian Dame Kelly Holmes.

Dame Kelly Holmes has forged a partnership with the North East college Credit: Dominic Lipinski/Press Association Images

The double gold medalist visited Gateshead College this morning to promote sporting excellence across the region.

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Dame Kelly Holmes visits Gateshead College

Dame Kelly Holmes visits students at Gateshead College Credit: Dominic Lipinski/Press Association Images

Dame Kelly Holmes is back in the North East to visit students at Gateshead College.

Gateshead College is the first college in the country to partner with the double olympian to deliver a unique coaching and education scheme to benefit its students in its year-long Kelly Holmes Education programme.

Youngsters inspired by Kelly Homes in North East

Double Olympian Kelly Holmes has returned to Gateshead College to visit students involved in her Education programme.

She will be catching up with students and finding out how they have progressed since the programme began in September.

The year long initiative provides sports students with the opportunity to take part in workshops with Dame Kelly Holmes, as well as media interview technique workshops with TV and radio presenter Sybil Ruscoe.

North East college pledges support to young entrepreneurs

Gateshead College are encouraging students to aim high to secure their future by pursuing their own entrepreneurial dreams.

The college is the exclusive further education partner for the Entrepreneurs' Forum, and a founder of the StartUp Britain campaign to help give advice and guidance on setting up your own business.

Gateshead College says the sky's the limit for young people

Hundreds of balloons were released to symbolise the region's 7000 unemployed Credit: ITV

Gateshead College have been spreading the message that the sky's limit for young people who should aim high and pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

The college is the further education partner of the Entrepreneurs' Forum and is aiming to become one of the UK's top entrepreneurial colleges.

It has today pledged to support more students to set up their own businesses and get into work.

The pledge was made as seven hundred balloons were released by students of the college, each one representing ten of the seven thousand unemployed 16 to 24 year olds across Tyneside.

Students were invited to step-aboard the StartUp Britain bus, where experts, mentors and entrepreneurs were on hand to offer advice and guidance.

The StartUp Britain bus tour will visit forty universities and colleges, and it is hoped that it will reach up to 10,000 young people across the country.