The inaugural awards celebrate those organisations and individuals who have used the power and support of the London 2012 Olympic Games to raise awareness and create a positive social impact across a range of topics such as inclusion, employment and innovation.
In particular, the P&G UK Impact Award, supported by Sport Relief, recognises those organisations which use sport to address social issues within their local communities.
E18HTEEN sees Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Jermain Defoe act as an active ambassador, positive role model and mentor over a two year period to 160 young people aged 16 - 19 years who are either in care or are care leavers.
Each young person involved has been identified to participate in the programme by Local Authority ‘Virtual Schools of Children in Care’, with the objective of keeping them in or getting them back into training, education and employment as well as ultimately preparing them for independence and adulthood. The programme works across the London Boroughs of Barnet, Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest.
The project offers an individually tailored learning and development programme with free access to 18 separate training and life skill workshops and 18 different sports.
The award was announced at a high-profile ceremony at London’s City Hall with special guests from sport, government, business and development present including Lord Coe, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Olympic Gold Medallist Katherine Grainger and Multi-Paralympic Gold Medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.
Grant Cornwell MBE, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer who collected the award on behalf of the E18HTEEN project said: “I’m delighted to receive this prestigious award which recognises the hard-work and dedication shown by Tottenham Hotspur Foundation staff and volunteers in helping to make a positive difference to the lives of young people who are currently in or have been through the care system.
“With the backing of Jermain, E18HTEEN continues to go from strength-to-strength, providing support and opportunities to many young people, helping them to gain recognised qualifications, important life skills as well as unique work place experiences.”
Jermain gave his reaction before training this morning: "I’m delighted that E18HTEEN has won this award. It’s great to see the project getting the recognition it deserves. The positive impact E18HTEEN has had on the lives of the young people involved has been amazing, and I’m honoured to have been a part of the process so far. I’m looking forward to seeing E18HTEEN continue to progress and change the lives of young people in care.”
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Helping more people get active, more regularly was always at the heart of London's 2012 Games. Beyond Sport's inspirational winners show that an army of dedicated folk are keeping the Olympic and Paralympic flame alive in communities across the capital. I send on my congratulations to everyone involved in these fantastic projects including E18HTEEN funded by my sports participation programme.”
Lord Coe, former Chairman of London 2012 and Chair of International Inspiration, added: "London 2012 gave this country a once in a lifetime opportunity to boost sport’s place as the unseen social worker. As we focus on securing a strong legacy and look to the future it is important that those programmes and projects which have successfully capitalised on the opportunity are rewarded, and that the UK does not lose sight of the future opportunities in this area. That is why Awards such as these that show the strong legacy that is in place are so important."
The Foundation’s Degree programme was also shortlisted for an Employability Award which highlights the work of organisations helping to tackle unemployment by providing participants with the necessary skills and experience to enter the workplace.
Foundation Degree courses on offer through the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation include FdA Applied Sport & Community Development and the newly launched FdSc Applied Football Coaching & Performance, both of which are validated by Middlesex University.
The Foundation Degrees are unique in that they provide practical and applied theory combined with work based learning at the inspirational White Hart Lane Stadium and are taught by highly qualified academic lecturers.
For further information about Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, visit: www.tottenhamhotspur.com/foundation