Monday 15 July 2013
A team from Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's Ferry Lane Kickz project got the chance of a lifetime to go to Barcelona to play in the European Cruyff Court Championships this month, as well as meet some footballing legends.
The project's Under-13s won the right to go to Barcelona after becoming the National Cruyff Court Champions. The Cruyff Court Tottenham Hotspur is a multi-use games area on the Ferry Lane Estate in North London, which provides an all-weather surface for a variety of sports, as well as hosting the Foundation’s Kickz project three evenings a week.
"Taking part in the Championships was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these young men"
Cruyff Court Tottenham Hotspur is made possible thanks to the Cruyff Foundation and Haringey Council with the Ferry Lane Kickz programme funded by the Premier League and the People's Postcode Lottery.
The Spurs team drew 0-0 against the Netherlands before beating Spain 3-1. But defeat to Denmark meant the Danes qualified for the final on goal difference and they beat the Dutch to win the tournament.
"Taking part in the Cruyff Court European Championships was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these young men, some of whom had never travelled overseas before," Alex White, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's Community Development Manager said. "So the opportunity to compete against teams from across Europe as well as meeting football legends Johan Cruyff and AC Milan's Bojan Krkic was unbelievable."
Kickz is a Premier League initiative that uses the appeal of its clubs to engage young people aged 12-18 in sport and positive activities outside of normal school hours, in some of the country's most disadvantaged communities. The free sessions aim to break down barriers between the police and young people, while providing social support and education to help reduce crime, anti-social behaviour, gang activity, alcohol and drug abuse.
The Foundation's Kickz programmes give local young people the opportunity to play organised football and other sports along with taking part in dance, music and fashion workshops across the London Boroughs of Haringey, Enfield and Waltham Forest and since 2006, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation coaches and volunteers have worked with more than 5,000 young people locally.