Shining light on our sports

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TODAY The Star is pleased to celebrate a milestone in our coverage of grassroots sport with the 100th edition of our ever-popular supplement.

Grassroots has allowed us to throw a spotlight on the competitive spirit we have in this county, the sporting achievements of thousands of men, women and children and the dedication and support of their coaches.

Their sportsmanship throws into stark contrast the histrionics of some of those in the professional field who are paid over-inflated salaries and behave as boorish, spoilt louts on the football field. And then expect everyone to bend to their whims.

So we are delighted to be able to show the better side of sport and the honesty and integrity of those involved in it.

Initiative should pay dividends

IN Sheffield there are 1,400 young people who face a very bleak future indeed. They are known as NEETs, that is they are Not in Education, Employment or Training.

The figure gives an idea of the scale of the problem currently faced by local employer Bob Linley whose Sheaf Power business has been struggling for six months to fill three key vacancies, only to be repeatedly disappointed by applicants without the appropriate qualifications or experience.

This is a complaint the business community has heard many times over recent years but it takes on a harsher tone during the current bleak economic times.

We need skilled workers more than ever, to help businesses such as that run by Bob Linley to take advantage of the opportunities which come their way.

That is why it is encouraging to learn that a £1.2 million fund has come the city’s way to help young people escape the NEET net and earn the skills which could map out a successful career.

This is a long way from helping Bob Linley overcome his immediate problems but the city has to start somewhere and we look forward to this initiative paying dividends in years to come.

Budget Christmas

WITH many families facing a tough financial time this Christmas we offer ideas on how to celebrate on a budget.

Christmas has taken on a daunting prospect over the years and many will now worry how they can match the standards they enjoyed in the past.

So we hope that the tips offered today will help readers not only to have a good time but also to realise that it is not how much you spend but how you enjoy what you have bought.