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Circle Sports, helping young people into work

Pic: Stephen Archer. Chris Paine, manager of Circle Sports, Dalston

Pic: Stephen Archer. Chris Paine, manager of Circle Sports, Dalston

With 975,000 people aged 16-24 not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the UK it is welcome news to many in Dalston that Circle Sports has opened a new sports store on Kingsland Road this month.

This is because Circle Sports is not an ordinary sports store but an innovative retail social enterprise that helps 18 -24 year olds into work, by providing a non-academic pathway into employment. Designed to inspire and motivate young people out of unemployment the practical based training includes bespoke coaching and mentoring, alongside retail and entrepreneurial training.

The social enterprise has a proven track record of helping NEET individuals into employment and speaking of the success of the training Chris Paine, the shops new manager said: “We’ve managed to get over 60 young people back into permanent work over the last six years so were making, only a small difference, but certainly making a difference to their lives.” Continue reading


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Drink the cure

Bottle_AurelioUK craft beer Aurelio has won a prestigious award for contributing to the race against cancer. 4 months ago the founder of Two Fingers Brewing Company Matt Sadler, had his product endorsed by Mark Bishop, director of fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, who praised this revolutionary new brand.

Now, for the first time, a beer is on the market that puts health before profits. To find out more visit the Two Fingers Brewing Company’s website



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