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Mentoring schemes are an invaluable asset

Mentors can act as role models and offer access to networks that can inspire protégés


Sally Gunnell OBE, a founding patron of the GLL Sport Foundation

GLL earmarks £400k for talent

Athletes from a number of disciplines set to benefit

By Tom Walker

Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) has awarded financial and training grants worth £400,000 to young athletes. More than 800 youngsters in

the south of England are likely to benefit from the funding. The sponsored athletes

represent a broad range of Olympic, Paralympic, Deaf Olympic and Special Olympic sporting disciplines ranging from swimming and athletics through to boxing, kayaking and wheelchair basketball. Each will benefit from funding

of up to £1,500 to be spent on training, travel and equipment during the next 12 months. The successful applicants had

to demonstrate that they live or train within a London or South East borough in which charitable social enterprise, GLL and partners operate sports and leisure facilities. They were also required to

show long-term potential to succeed at International level. Peter Bundey GLL Sport

Foundation's chair said: "The aim of the Foundation is to provide practical and tangible support for talented youngsters."

2012 employment scheme unveiled

A new employment scheme, which is aimed at young people across England and Wales between the ages of 14 and 19 years, has been launched by the government. Inspired by the London

2012 Olympics, Opportunity is aimed at those who find other projects hard to engage with, such as young carers or individuals with crime or behavioural issues. A total of 500 people will be given the

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chance to embark on the initiative, which will provide successful graduates with 2012 'rewards', such as watching Olympic athletes train, or shadowing interna- tional fitness coaches and team physios. Participants are set to

come from existing schemes, including the Home Office's Positive Futures programme and the Youth Community Action initiative.

n the face of a looming management skills shortage that has been triggered by worrying drop-out rates

in higher education, the cream of the hospitality industry decided to take matters into their own hands. They set up their own mentoring scheme. Now a year on, The Savoy Society

Mentoring Scheme has celebrated its first Alumni Dinner at Brown's Hotel in Mayfair, toasting the fifteen hospitality management students from some of the UK's top hospitality-centred colleges and universities who form the scheme's initial clutch of protégés. The evening also struck a note of gratitude towards the fifteen Savoy Society members who have pledged up to two years' commitment to act as mentors. Each protégé has been paired with a

mentor following a highly competitive process of interviews and written assignments. Mentors will provide the invaluable guidance, influence and access to networks that can inspire promising talent to stay the course, complete their degrees and join the industry. To help ensure the scheme's success, The Savoy Society chose Springboard UK to co-ordinate the programme, banking on its profile and track record for encouraging new entrants to the industry.

SAM COULSTOCK is customer relatiion- ship director for The Springboard Charity. Leisure Opportunities is the official recruit- ment magazine for Springboard UK

NE sports creating jobs

By Tom Walker

An initiative designed to develop the employment skills and boost job prospects of job seekers across the Tyne and Wear City Region through sport has resulted in a number of youngster gaining full-time work after the first course. The initiative has been

One of the job seekers who found work through the course

commissioned by the City Region’s Employment and Skills Partnership, and was organised by Creative Training.

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