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Wednesday 03 July 2013

Foreign MPs study West Ham's learning centre

Commonwealth politicians given tour of club's learning centre by Stephen Timms MP

The Commonwealth politicians saw how West Ham's learning centre works

A group of politicians from throughout the British Commonwealth have seen how West Ham United are working to help the club’s local community through the West Ham United Inspire Learning Centre.

The centre, at the club’s Boleyn Ground, helps young people from the local community with their education, showing them a pathway towards employment by providing out-of-school learning opportunities for primary, secondary school and college groups with innovative programmes that raise pupils' achievements in literacy, numeracy and ICT.

"Youngsters who are struggling a bit in school are enthused for learning by coming into the club"
Stephen Timms

Stephen Timms, the Member of Parliament for East Ham, gave a tour of the centre to members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association from countries such as Canada, the Seychelles, Trinidad and Tobago and Nigeria.

"This was a delegation from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, so they were all MPs from different countries in the Commonwealth,” Timms told the West Ham website. “We wanted to show them our community, show them some of the things happening, and West Ham was the highlight of the visit.

"We also wanted to show them what the Learning Zone does for youngsters in the area, particularly the way youngsters who are struggling a bit in school are enthused for learning by coming into the club. From the point of view for the parliamentarians who were here, that is a pretty attractive model that a number of them might like to see taken forward in their home countries."

Pia Tanneraho, manager of the West Ham United Inspire Learning Centre, was honoured by the visit.

"We're very proud of our project and I know it is very close to Stephen Timms' heart,” Tanneraho said. "Stephen was there when we first opened the Centre in 1998, he's been with us all the way and see us grow from the beginning into what we're doing now, so hopefully we can continue to improve and expand."

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Key Points

  • Politicians from Commonwealth nations are shown West Ham United Inspire Learning Centre
  • The tour is conducted by the local MP Stephen Timms
  • Timms hopes the tour will give the politicians ideas on how to help young people in their countries