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Ryan Giggs, the Manchester United wunderkind, is flying to the aid of Conrad, the perennially ailing company that owns the Bobby Charlton football schools.

Giggs and Charlton are teaming up with Chrysalis, the television production company, to make a six-part series. Ryan Giggs' Soccer Skills will be shown on Granada and Channel 4 in late autumn. Chrysalis is seeking 16 12-14-year-olds from around the world to take part.

Dave Lewis, the producer at Chrysalis Sport, said: 'It's going to be fast and furious, concentrating on the skill aspects rather than tackling.'

Ian Townsend, Conrad's finance director, said the association with Giggs would provide a substantial benefit to Conrad. The Manchester-based sports and consultancy company reported a pounds 23,000 profit in February after years of losses.

STAYING with sport, news reaches us that Pavilion Holdings is moving towards the stock market. Pavilion is a publishing company set up 12 years ago by the lyricist Tim Rice and the broadcaster Michael Parkinson.

Messrs Rice and Parkinson were brought together by Colin Webb, Pavilion's co- founder and managing director, through their mutual love of cricket.

Cookery rather than cricket forms the backbone of Pavilion's list of titles. Its authors include Madhur Jaffrey, Antonio Carluccio and Ken Hom.

Pavilion has just raised pounds 1.1m through a share issue. It hopes to trade its shares under the Stock Exchange's matched bargain rule.

THERE was drama on the Orient Express on Sunday as the train came to an abrupt halt just outside Victoria station, bumping and bruising London's finest personal finance hackettes as they returned from a trip to Folkestone. This was an unfortunate end to Chelsea Building Society's 'Weekend in Style', a beano that began in a swish hotel in St James's Place.

No one was hurt, though one of the journalists broke her champagne glass, poor dear.

The Chelsea, not one of the nation's largest societies, has acquired a reputation for spending its depositors' money on hospitality. A couple of months ago it flew a few journalists to Paris for the England-France rugby match. 'Mutuals still have some benefits,' said a wag.

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