Tuesday 20 March 2012
The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation - which works to provide opportunities throughout the community - celebrated its fifth birthday in fine style recently.
Spurs celebrated the work of the Foundation during the recent Barclays Premier League match against Manchester United at White Hart Lane.
To mark the occasion, Football Freestylers from the Foundation delivered a performance on White Hart Lane’s public square - and the official fifth birthday cake was cut pitchside at half-time by Club Ambassador and legendary former captain, Gary Mabbutt.
"We are committed through our Foundation to raising levels of education, employment skills and job opportunities"
- Daniel Levy
The ethos of the award-winning Foundation is to help people into employment, with a 'cradle to career' approach.
Since being granted independent charitable status in early 2007, the Foundation has created 1.5 million sporting opportunities for people in the club’s local community.
At present, 48% of the Foundation’s coaching workforce have previously been participants on community programmes that have changed the lives of so many.
These innovative programmes engage young people from classrooms in local Primary and Secondary schools through to Further and Higher Education and leading on to employment.
In doing so, the Foundation reaches some of society’s most hard-to-reach young people, such as Children in Care and those classified as ‘NEET’ (Not in Education, Employment or Training) after leaving compulsory education.
Daniel Levy, Tottenham Hotspur Chairman said: "Our Foundation has received many accolades and we have been immensely proud of its achievements to date.
He added: "Without a shadow of a doubt, the single greatest issue we face in society, and the root cause of issues such as a sense of hopelessness, crime and unhealthy lifestyles, is unemployment.
"Work is the cornerstone of a healthy society and we are committed through our Foundation to playing our part in raising levels of education, employment skills and job opportunities.”
Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive Officer of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: "Using the unique and inspiring brand of Tottenham Hotspur and the players as inspirational role models, we work with over 100,000 participants every year in some of the most deprived areas of London."
"It reaches out, creates a sense of community, provides educational opportunity and truly changes people’s lives"
- Lord Triesman
Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport said: "I congratulate all the excellent work that the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has achieved over the last five years."
Lord Triesman, Patron, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation said: "I grew up in Tottenham and it was always a poor area.
"Kids had more than their fair share of challenges. We loved our football club and the beauty of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is that it reaches out, creates a sense of community, provides educational opportunity and truly changes people’s lives."
Since it began, the Foundation has achieved much: