At the top of its game in helping youth

Nicole White and George Sayer
Nicole White and George Sayer

A sports centre has proved to be top of its game by offering more than 50 work placements since an employment campaign was launched.

Falaise Fitness Centre threw its weight behind the Own Grown initiative after it was set up in February last year.

Own Grown is a partnership project encouraging employers to pledge positions of support including work experience, apprenticeships and mentoring to help better prepare young people for work. Since its launch more than 1,600 pledges have been made by companies.

George Sayer, a sports management student at Bournemouth University, is currently undertaking a year-long placement at Falaise.

He said: “I’m the marketing assistant at Falaise and I help promote various projects such as new catering products and develop various events including National Fitness Day and Children in Need with all proceeds going back to the charity. The placement has helped me massively enhance my current skills and develop new ones. I am grateful to the whole team as they have been extremely welcoming.”

Graduate David Greenslade is another work experience success story. He said: “My marketing and events intern position was hugely beneficial in developing my skills as a marketer with a great deal of freedom and trust given to me to really make the role my own. For example, I introduced the current social media that is in place to better create a relationship between Falaise and the members of the gym, aiming to create long-term gym members through increased interaction.”

Nicole White, Falaise centre manager, said: “I’ve always been passionate about helping people, so sparing a little time to share valuable experience and knowledge is just one way to help the community, I would urge all employers to give it a go, it does involve taking the time to train the individual but its always a good investment as you get so much back. It’s really good for my team to share their knowledge and gives them valuable experience in training others which can help with their career progression, so it’s a win/win situation for all concerned.”

To pledge to Own Grown or find out more, visit, or call 451795.