Tottenham Hotspur Foundation community work receives People's Postcode Lottery boost

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Tuesday 24 June 2014

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation work recognised with funding boost

Spurs receive extra funding from People's Postcode Lottery for schemes to help local area

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson at a Tottenham Hotspur Skills project that is set to benefit

  • Gary Mabbutt and Stephen Williams MP met participants of the Opening Doors scheme

Since 2006, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has played a key role in improving the lives of people in the club's local community, creating 2.4 million life-changing opportunities over the last eight years and engaging with 8,000 participants every week.

In recognition of its work, the Foundation has been awarded an extra £50,000 by the players of the People's Postcode Lottery to develop initiatives to help people in the local area.

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is one of 40 charitable organisations to receive £50,000 from players of the People's Postcode Lottery as part of an extra £2 million of funding. The Foundation has already received £148,000 from players of the charity lottery, which has been used to develop programmes such as Premier League Kicks and Skills, projects which engage young people in some of the most disadvantaged areas of North London in positive sporting activities.

"We believe this funding will go a long way towards helping us achieve our aim of improving social cohesion, enterprise and innovation in the local area"
Grant Cornwell MBE

The funding will be used by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to help launch a state-of-the-art Digivan, an interactive digital vehicle, which will deliver employment and education initiatives and support the work of the Foundation's Job Fairs.

"We believe this funding will go a long way towards helping us achieve our aim of improving social cohesion, enterprise and innovation in the local area, creating safer communities and developing the potential of our young people through targeted employability programmes," Grant Cornwell MBE, the Foundation chief executive officer, told the Spurs website.

"The Foundation runs a number of successful projects in the local area and we're delighted that this fund will not only allow our existing programmes to grow, it will also enable us to develop more targeted projects for the future that will bring great benefits to the local community."

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation runs a wide variety of programmes throughout the year, using the appeal of the club and its players to deliver creative, innovative and engaging programmes that improve social cohesion, build self-esteem and develop positive attitudes among young people.

The schemes are having a major impact in the community and in the 2013/14 season alone, the Foundation worked with over 300,000 young people through education, employment, health, equalities and inclusion and sports development initiatives. Over 13,000 disabled people were given the opportunity to access sporting activities in the last 12 months, while over 400 young people signed up to the Foundation's Education and Football Development Centres to study a BTEC Sport Level 2 or Level 3 course.

One Foundation scheme received support from the government recently when Stephen Williams MP, Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, joined Tottenham Hotspur ambassador Gary Mabbutt in meeting members of a new enterprise programme called Opening Doors.

"This programme is exactly what I needed to help launch my business"
Jilli-Ann Green on the Opening Doors scheme

The six-month initiative, backed by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Trust for London, encourages young Londoners to create and launch their own enterprise initiatives. Open to people aged between 16 and 24 in three areas of London, Haringey, Croydon and Brent, Open Doors supports budding entrepreneurs by offering guidance through workshops.

Mabbutt and Williams visited participants at a local supermarket as they took part in a live product testing exercise with the public, used to gain feedback on their business prototypes.

"This programme is exactly what I needed to help launch my business," said Jilli-Ann Green from Tottenham, who founded the juice company Xaymaca through Opening Doors. "I've had the opportunity to meet other people like me with a business idea and gain advice from retailers, business managers and financial advisors as part of the Opening Doors workshops at Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

"I've received lots of support with my business plan, marketing campaign and product development, all of which are really beginning to take shape. "The opportunity to do some test trading in Sainsbury's - as part of the Opening Doors Test Zone - has offered me a fantastic opportunity to talk to potential customers about my product and I feel so much closer to realising my dream now."

Open Doors covers a wide range of topics, with sessions including tips on how to make ideas stand out from the crowd, business planning, leadership and management skills and the benefits of social media.

"Getting more young people into training and employment is by far the best way of increasing prosperity, tackling poverty and worklessness and creating a fairer society," said Williams. "The Opening Doors initiative in north London is doing tremendous work towards these goals by encouraging and coaching local young people into being tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, backed by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and £150,000 of government funding."

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