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Spurs inspiring pupils in shadow of new stadium

30/11/2017
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Defender Kieran Trippier sees how Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and PL Writing Stars helping Brook House Primary

Brook House Primary School is located just down the road from Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium development in north London.

The school was opened in 2014 as part of the regeneration of north Tottenham, providing affordable homes and education to the local community through a partnership between Spurs and the Newlon Housing Trust.

Over the past couple of years, Brook House has developed a close relationship with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and is one of eight local schools that are working with the Foundation on the Premier League Writing Stars competition.

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The competition, which closes on 22 December, is inspired by the William Hickson poem "Try, Try Again" and encourages children to write poetry in different creative forms, including a rap, song lyrics or haiku.

"Our children really look forward to their sessions with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and I know they get a lot out of their classes," Brook House headteacher Aaron Wright told the Spurs official website.

"The sessions always have a great stimulus and create a great sense of purpose for writing which has had a noticeable impact on the children's positive attitudes, resilience and stamina with developing their literary skills."

And to encourage the youngsters with their PL Writing Stars entries, Spurs defender Kieran Trippier visited the school to listen to the poems and to talk about his experiences as a top-flight footballer.

"Being resilient is important to people of all ages, from all walks of life," he said. "As professional players, we need to demonstrate a great level of resilience, particularly if we have lost a game or had an injury as we need to be able to bounce back and work harder.

"It's important to never give up and I hope that some of the advice I gave the children today will inspire them to keep trying and working hard at school."

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