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Orient boss Hearn kicks 'jobless blues' into touch

PUBLISHED: 22:04 28 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:09 05 October 2010

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JOBLESS youngsters in London's East End got a pep talk from Leyton Orient's chairman Barry Hearn, self-made millionaire sports promoter, to boost their self-confidence. He offered advice and inspiration to the youngsters taking part in a 12-week Prince's Trust programme helping them find jobs

By Mike Brooke

JOBLESS youngsters in London's East End got a pep talk from Leyton Orient's chairman Barry Hearn, self-made millionaire sports promoter, to boost their self-confidence.

He offered advice and inspiration to the youngsters taking part in a 12-week Prince's Trust personal development programme to help them find jobs.

Hearn, now 59, was brought up on an industrial estate in Dagenham by his mother who cleaned houses.

"The secret of being lucky and successful is to make sure you notice when your bit of luck comes along," he told a special 'workshop' held at Bethnal Green community centre on Wednesday (March 26).

"Everyone needs a bit of luck. But it's important to put yourself in situations where luck can find you.

"That's where determination comes into it.

"Life is not a rehearsal. This your only chance."

Barry, founder and chairman of Matchroom Sport TV production company, has managed such snooker heavyweights in his sport promotions career as Steve Davis and Ronnie O'Sullivan, while in the boxing world has been successful promoting Chris Eubank, Nigel Benn, Lennox Lewis and Naseem Hamed.

The man who has run Orient as its chairman since 1995 spoke about the importance of sport in young people's lives.

"I always look to see if candidates for jobs do any sports," he explained.

"Taking part in sports shows you've got application, that you're prepared to aim for 'excellence' and are well motivated. These are all really important things in the business world."

The Prince's Trust uses sport as a 'motivator' in several projects to develop confidence, teamwork, communication and discipline.

Its 'football initiative' was launched at Old Trafford in 1997 and in 10 years has helped 11,000 youngsters with support from 60 clubs through the Premier League, FA and Football Foundation.

mike.brooke@archant.co.uk

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