Monday 09 December 2013
Tottenham Hotspur's Hugo Lloris put his sweet tooth to the test when he was a judge at a recent Prince’s Trust bake-off competition in London.
The 26-year-old French No 1 and Spurs Under-18 goalkeeper Luke McGee visited Haringey Sixth Form centre to taste Spurs cakes prepared by 12 unemployed young people who had taken part in The Prince’s Trust’s Get Started with Cooking scheme.
The youngsters work towards a Level 2 certificate in Food Hygiene during the five-day course and also learnt techniques for preparing a range of meals as well as budgeting and nutrition. Get Started with Cooking builds young people’s confidence as well as their teamwork, leadership and communication skills which will hopefully help them in their search for employment.
"Courses like this are a fantastic way of helping young people"
"I was always very fortunate that I managed to get into a career at a young age and do something I loved," said Lloris. "However, I know there are lots of young people out there at the moment who are struggling to find work. Courses like this are a fantastic way of helping them.
"There were some delicious cakes made by everyone on the course. They were a great group and seemed like they had really benefited from the five days. I wish them all the very best for the future."
The course is delivered in partnership with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and PAUL patisserie and Foundation chief executive Grant Cornwell hopes the project can be expanded to include to other professions.
"We see this week as an opportunity to pilot a workshop working with The Prince's Trust, Lindley Group and Sainsbury’s to develop the skills of local young people, enabling them to see how the skills they learn through the week link to job opportunities and apprenticeships on offer," Cornwell said. "We hope to develop a series of workshops across a range of specialist roles that employers are looking for, including fishmongers and butchers."
The Get Started with Cooking scheme is part of The Prince's Trust Football Initiative, a programme which is delivered by 65 football clubs and boosts the confidence and motivation of young people and helping them to gain new qualifications.
"Football is a great way of engaging them and motivating them to do well"
The Football Initiative, funded by the Premier League and the Professional Footballers’ Association, was launched in 1997 and has helped more than 22,500 disadvantaged young people through football.
An example of the work of the Football Initiative was demonstrated recently when some youngsters on the scheme were motivated by a meeting with Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp, who answered their questions and gave them advice.
"The work The Prince's Trust is doing with football clubs and disadvantaged young people is fantastic," said Redknapp. "Having been in football management for the last 30 years, I have seen the positive impact football can have on youngsters who might not have had the best start in life.
"It's very tough for a lot of young people at the moment and football is a great way of engaging them and motivating them to do well. The group I met today were a really fantastic bunch and I wish them all the very best for their future careers."
For further information about The Prince's Trust Team programmes go to www.princes-trust.org.uk or call 0800 842 842.