Tuesday 06 March 2012
Tottenham Hotspur skipper Ledley King is backing Skills - a new and innovative community project delivered by the club’s award-winning Foundation in partnership with the PLPFA Community Fund.
Haringey Council and the London Boxing Academy are also involved in Skills, which will offer a comprehensive sport and education programme to young people from Haringey aged 12-19 years.
Many have been identified as ‘NEET’ (Not in Education, Employment or Training) or at risk of becoming so, including ex-offenders, gang members and young people that have emotional and behavioural difficulties.
"Having grown up in inner-city London, I'm passionate about the community in Tottenham"
- Ledley King
King said: "As players, we recognise the important role we can play in our community, especially among young people, and as captain I am proud of the commitment the players at this club show to the work of our Foundation.
"At least a player a week attends a Foundation project or initiative and it is something we willingly dedicate our time to.
“I have just put my name to the new Skills project – enabling 12-19 year olds from in and around Tottenham to take part in sport and learn the life skills necessary to stand them in good stead for future employment.
"As the club’s longest-serving current player, and having myself grown up in inner-city London, I am passionate about the community in Tottenham.
"I hope that by giving my backing to this project, I can help effect positive change in the lives of young people in the area."
King has pledged to act as a mentor, offering guidance and advice to the young people who make use of the facilities on offer at a newly-refurbished Community Sports and Education Hub in Wood Green.
In light of last year’s riots in the area, the programme will positively engage with vulnerable young people, helping to contribute to the reduction of youth associated crime and anti-social behaviour.
Councillor Bernice Vanier, Cabinet Member for Communities, Haringey Council, said: "When organisations like the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation get involved, it really makes a difference.
"Young people take notice and appreciate the access to the sports and study facilities that the Foundation along with the council and other partners provide and coordinate."
Skills will run in partnership with The PLPFA Community Fund, Haringey Council’s Youth Community and Participation Service, the London Boxing Academy and Catch22, offering sport and education throughout the day from 9am until 8pm every Monday to Friday.