Two former professional footballers have thrown their support behind an innovative scheme to help get a job for people who've been out of work for a long time.
Olivier Bernard and Paul Bracewell believe many of the skills needed on the football pitch, like leadership and teamwork, are the same as those required in the workplace.
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