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New leaders inspired by Spurs Foundation

30 Apr 2019
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Moussa Sissoko sees how the club are developing the leadership skills of young people with learning difficulties

In the shadow of the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, young people with learning difficulties are improving their leadership skills with the help of Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's So Lead project.

The scheme works on developing the communication and presentation expertise of the participants and gives them the confidence to plan and deliver their own coaching sessions in a variety of sports.

"Some of the young people here may go away and start volunteering at a local football club," says Gareth Jones, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation equalities and inclusion manager.

"That's massive, that can be a huge life change for somebody."

Helping live my passion

Aaron, one of the participants on the programme, has cerebral palsy and suffers with learning difficulties.

He has completed a Customer Service Level 2 course and works at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

"Football is my passion," says the 18-year-old. "It's going to help me coaching-wise and jobs-wise. It's a another qualification to add to my CV."

Spurs midfielder Moussa Sissoko visited Percy House for BBC's Match of the Day to take part in a So Lead session and to give his advice and encouragement.

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