Circle Sports opens in Dalston

Sports shop and social enterprise provides prospects to disadvantaged youth

AN award-winning social enterprise that gives young people training and support has opened a new store in Dalston.

Circle Sports works with young people across London who may never have been employed due to problems in their home or school life. It provides practical training and education to boost their career prospects. 

Revenue from the sale of sports clothes and equipment goes back into developing the programme, which has been praised by TV’s ‘Queen of Shops’ Mary Portas, and won the backing of major corporate sponsors such as John Lewis, Fujitsu and BP.

The first store launched in Westminster in 2010 and has since employed 60 young people, with a 90 per cent retention rate. 

Founder Turly Humphreys said: “Our mission has always been to get young people into jobs. With the support of all our generous partners, we’re enabling them to learn the vital skills they need through non-academic channels to be confident and gain financial independence. The icing on the cake for us is seeing them come back and mentor our new cohorts.”

Circle Sports Dalston is at 136 Kingsland High Street, E8 2NS.