Golden return for Giles Scott

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Olympic champion Giles Scott returns to compete for Land Rover BAR – after his gold medal success in Rio – as the 2016 Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series (ACWS) heads into the home straight with the penultimate event of the year in Toulon.

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Scott will step back into the strategist's role that Ed Powys has held for the past three events, where he was instrumental in the team finishing second in Chicago, and taking the win in Land Rover BAR's home town - Portsmouth - just six weeks ago. Scott last raced with the team in Oman, where the team started the year with a win.

Jono Macbeth, Sailing Team Manager commented; "We're approaching Toulon as if it were any other regatta, our build up has been exactly the same and we're not looking to change anything at all. The one exception is that Giles is back from his Olympic duties and is now back inside the team filling the shoes that Ed Powys has been keeping warm for him. I think the results over the last few regattas show just how deep the sailing team is and how much experience and youth we have in there."

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Giles Scott added: "It's great to be back, the last event I did was Oman, which went well and then the guys have been doing a great job in my absence. Hopefully we will be able to carry that on in Toulon. I think that the best thing about combining the Cup with my Olympic programme has been to stay very race-fresh and that can be hard to do locked into just the Cup scene."

Land Rover BAR hold the overall lead after the second consecutive victory at their home event in Portsmouth – the first team to win three ACWS events in this America's Cup cycle.

Ben Ainslie, Skipper and Team Principal commented; "We're looking forward to Toulon, and it's great to have Giles [Scott] back in the team. Ed [Powys] did a great job in his absence but on the back of Rio – and particularly Giles' success in Rio – having him back on the boat gives the team a really good boost building up towards the Cup next year, and into the closing stages of the World Series. The focus now is to see if we can get some of those bonus points to end up on top at the end of the series, and keep developing as a team."

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It will be the first time that America's Cup World Series racing has taken place in France, a nation that first competed for the America's Cup in 1970, but – like Britain – has never won the world's oldest international sporting trophy.

The beautiful Mediterranean city of Toulon is located between Marseille and St Tropez, with the racing taking place right off Mourillon beach. The country that gave us Tabarly, Moitessier and the Vendee Globe is expected to turn out in huge numbers for the new era of America's Cup racing.

All the action - in the UK and Ireland - can be watched live on BT Sport EPSN, with Saturday and Sunday's racing coverage beginning at 1.30 (UK). They will also run replays of the racing throughout the weekend.

Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Leader board after five events:

1. Land Rover BAR 367


3. Emirates Team New Zealand 357

4. SoftBank Team Japan 328

5. Artemis Racing 315

6. Groupama Team France 292

Land Rover BAR Toulon line up

Ben Ainslie - Skipper and Team Principal

Paul Campbell-James - Wing Trimmer

David 'Freddie' Carr - Floater

Nick Hutton - Trimmer

Giles Scott - Strategist

Ed Powys - Floater/Strategist

Jono Macbeth - Sailing Team Manager

Jo Lees - Boat Captain

Ian Pattison - Shore support

James Chapman – Rib driver and Shore support

Matt Haslam - Shore support

Ben Williams - Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach / Safety support/ Shore support

Rob Wilson - Coach

Luc du Bois - Performance Analysis


Unloc Enterprise Academy Relaunched

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This September Unloc Enterprise Academy is relaunching with an exciting new curriculum that been redeveloped to encourage students to kickstart their own business and making the whole process a lot easier.

On Unloc's bespoke tailor made twelve week course, student will not only learn theory behind starting a business in a series of workshops, but will also be doing it for real. By the end of the twelve weeks students will have a refined and comprehensive business pitch, along with the skills required to deliver and speak out confidently in public. Students will also have a completed business model canvas, encouraging students to look all aspects of a business. There will be workshops in each area which will cover everything needed in business, ranging from networking skills, to finance, to HR and even sales strategies.

There will also be opportunities to attend various trips throughout the country and face challenges along the way.

From bakers to techies, bloggers to fashion designers, Unloc have had all sorts of Entrepreneurs come through their academy and they can’t wait to see what exciting new ventures will be coming out this year.

If you’re a school or college and would like to find out more about the Enterprise Academy, you can do so by visiting or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Secondary school places for September 2017 - don't miss the deadline, do it online

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Applications for secondary school places in September 2017 open on Friday 9th September and close on Monday 31st October 2016.

If your child is currently in year 6 you need to apply for a secondary school place. Admissions for UTC Portsmouth Year 10 also open on Friday 9th September.

Many secondary schools and academies offer open evenings and days so that parents and prospective pupils can see the school and speak to teachers and other staff before deciding on where to apply.

Apply online from 9th September at it's quick and easy you can log in and change it at any time before midnight on the closing date and you will receive an email notification of the outcome on allocation day next year.

If necessary call 02392 688 008 to request a form.

Late application will affect your chance of getting a place at your preferred school so don’t delay. You are advised to consider your catchment school(s) within your preferences.


New boost for apprenticeships

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Five people are starting careers in social care this week as part of a Portsmouth City Council drive to recruit apprentices.

The five apprentices – three carers and two catering staff – will be working in residential homes in the city. They have been recruited as part of a council push to help residents gain skills, and ensure new workers come into the social care sector. The apprentices are aged from 17 to 50.

Cllr Luke Stubbs, the council's Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: "This marks a first for the council - we've not had apprentices in our residential homes before. If it works well, we'll consider recruiting more. We're keen to expand opportunities for local people, whatever their age. These positions are part of a wider commitment to increase the numbers of apprentices throughout the organisation. Apprenticeships give people the opportunity to train and develop while they work. For young people in particular, they're a great way of getting on the right track for the future. But older people can be apprentices too. Employing apprentices also means we can grow our own staff in areas where we might face shortage of skills in the future. These five apprentices will help us develop the workforce we need to care for our most vulnerable residents."

The council employs 59 apprentices across its services, with 12 in the pipeline. Like other apprentices, they get work experience and on-the-job training, boost their skills and gain qualifications – all while getting paid.

People looking for local apprenticeships can go to

For more information on council apprenticeships, the contact details are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 02392 688 236.

Employers can find out more by searching "employ apprentice" at


Ground-breaking new Village Hotel for Lakeside North Harbour

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Village Hotel Club Ground breaking Aug 2016

As the ceremonial spade breaks the ground for the latest £21m Village Hotel, next to the Porsche Centre at Lakeside North Harbour Portsmouth, the celebration begins on heralding the much-needed quality hotel for the area; due for completion in Autumn 2017.

The scheme represents the debut of the new Village Hotel concept, as designed by 3DReid, which delivers an evolution of the current Village Hotel Club offer on a more compact footprint; providing potential for the company to expand into more central urban areas, where sites are, generally, smaller in size. 3DReid are also the interior designers on this project.

Iain Stackhouse, of Village Hotels, says: “We knew that there was a real need for more hotel space in the city and, prior to applying for planning, spoke to many businesses and organisations who believed a lack of hotel provision was holding back the city’s economic development.

“Therefore we were delighted when our planning was approved to provide not only a much-needed service for visitors, but also offer an important facility for people who live and work locally.”

Nick Turner, Director of Asset Management at Northwood Regional UK, agrees: “The addition of a quality hotel to the already outstanding offer at Lakeside North Harbour – including the well-established Building 1000 with its 100+ businesses and the recent investment of nearly £10m in the refurbishment of Building 2000 and 3000 - is without doubt a huge asset. The Village Hotel will offer the style of accommodation that businesses in the area have been wanting for a very long time; and so we are delighted that the hotel is under construction.”

Roger Forsdyke, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon says: “We are thrilled to be working with Village Hotel Club/Lakeside Development on this new and exciting project. We have undertaken work in the Solent area over a number of years in both the education and leisure sectors, this project will prove to be another great asset to the area.

“The entire project team at Village is truly a joy to work with and it is great to be working with a group of people who are culturally aligned with the morals, ethics and values of our own business. The team is looking forward to building on these relationships to successfully deliver this project and future developments. Willmott Dixon Construction and WD-interiors are currently working with Village on six projects with a pipeline established to form a genuine partnering relationship.”

Cllr Donna Jones, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: "Improving the city's hotel provision is a priority for the council and the arrival of the Village Hotel Club brand will undoubtedly do that. The inclusion of first-class conferencing facilities is an important addition to what Portsmouth can offer businesses and I'm delighted to see the project progressing."

Cllr Lee Hunt, Portsmouth Lib Dems Culture and Leisure spokesperson added; "They have got on with this start very quickly. Only last autumn I was pleased to back this new hotel at the planning committee and here it is going up already. Councillors have worked together on this with the builders and Village Hotels".

For more information, contact: Andrew O’Brien, Property Director of Village Hotels; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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