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Santander fund boosts Shoreditch social enterprise School of Hard Knocks in its bid to tackle unemployment

PUBLISHED: 14:15 10 March 2017

Catryn Grundy of School of Hard Knocks with pupils Hannah Davies and Caine Rees-Jones. 
Picture by Nick Treharne

Catryn Grundy of School of Hard Knocks with pupils Hannah Davies and Caine Rees-Jones. Picture by Nick Treharne

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A Shoreditch social enterprise which encourages young people to stay in school through sport has been boosted by a £10,000 grant from Santander.

School of Hard Knocks uses sport to tackle unemployment by working with disengaged students to build confidence encourage them to stay in full time education.

The bank’s changemaker fund is designed to help social enterprises, small charities and community groups deliver projects that improve communities and help disadvantaged people to have confidence in the future.

Jack Lewars, chief operating officer at School of Hard Knocks, said: “This funding has enabled us to bring our enterprise for schools to two new cohorts in some of London’s most deprived areas.

“We are delighted that support from the changemaker fund has helped us to reach a further 50 young people at risk of permanent exclusion.

“These children now have a 95 per cent chance of completing their GCSEs which will dramatically affect their life chances.”

You can find out more about the fund by visiting crowdfunder.co.uk/changemaker.


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