With the strapline ‘Making Your Future’ Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Skills project supports vulnerable young people to move away from crime and anti-social behaviour and engages them in sport, education and employment pathways. The successful programme is delivered across a number of key community hubs within the borough of Haringey.Many participants have been identified as ‘NEET’ (Not in Education, Employment or Training) or at risk of becoming so, including ex-offenders, gang members and young people that have emotional and behavioural difficulties.Skills has been backed by Club Ambassador Ledley King since it launched in 2012 and has since secured funding from the Premier League and People’s Postcode Lottery to enable the delivery of further sessions within the borough to local residents aged 12 – 19.Operating every weekday after school hours, the sessions encourage young people to try different sports and get help and advice with employment and training opportunities. Foundation coaches deliver a range of inclusive sports sessions from badminton to basketball, as well as delivering workshops designed to support young people who are not in education, employment or training with advice on CV writing and interview techniques.Ledley King said: “I’ve been involved with Skills for a number of years and have got to know some of the participants quite well. I’ve seen first-hand the impact that Skills has on young people’s lives so that’s why I’m so pleased to hear that the project has secured funding which will enable even more young people to access Skills.“The young people were very excited to meet Erik and I know this is a day that will stay with them for many years to come.” Working in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions, Haringey Regeneration team and Haringey Youth Service, the Foundation incorporates a comprehensive offer through holiday and daytime provision to positively engage vulnerable young people in education, employment and sport. In-turn, it is hoped that this will help to contribute to the reduction of youth associated crime and anti-social behaviour within our local community.Skills now operates at Bruce Grove Youth Centre and the Triangle Centre in Haringey and will be rolled-out to a venue in Muswell Hill over the coming months. If you, or someone you know, is interested in taking part in Skills have a look at our timetable for upcoming sessions.
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