In the early hours of Saturday 27
March, 2010, at 17 years of age, Enfield-born Godwin Lawson was fatally stabbed as he tried to help friends during a street attack in Stamford Hill.
Following his death, Godwin’s mother, Yvonne, established the Godwin Lawson Foundation that has partnered with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to deliver an annual football tournament in Godwin’s memory.
The tournament aims to raise awareness about the consequences of gangs, guns and knife crime and is used as a platform for football clubs to help tackle knife crime in London by partnering with victims’ families to train ‘Peace Ambassadors’ to encourage children and young people to sign a pledge against carrying a weapon.
Etienne, who recently joined the Club from Toulouse, met participants and received a tour from Ledley of the legendary former captain’s very own Tottenham Hotspur Foundation project, SKILLS.
Ledley then gave a talk to young people involved alongside Yvonne Lawson and members of the local police force.
The Club Ambassador said: “It’s crucial that we, as a Football Club, do all we can to make a stand against this serious issue affecting young people in our community.
“Football is a great way of bringing young people together in harmony and promoting positivity, which is what we saw at this Tournament.
“The games were played in fantastic spirits and the day was testament to the memory of Godwin. Hopefully those involved will go away in the knowledge that violence is not the way forward and will look at what can be achieved through sport.”
Yvonne Lawson, mother of Godwin Lawson and founder of Godwin Lawson Foundation, said: “The event demonstrates the positive role that sport can have in challenging gang culture and the use of weapons. Sharing Godwin's story helps the young people to connect and empathise because he was a local boy.
“We are thankful to Tottenham Hotspur Foundation for their great partnership and support. Without them, this life-changing project would have been impossible to deliver.”
Joe Ray, Grants Officer of People’s Postcode Trust, who funded the event, added: “People’s Postcode Trust is proud to be supporting Tottenham Hotspur Foundation in tackling knife crime in Haringey. We are always interested in supporting projects that engage and deliver meaningful outcomes for their local community and we are very happy to be supporting Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s work into the future.”