Nine participants recently became the first from a Premier League Club to achieve a Gold DofE after completing a series of complex and challenging activities promoting leadership, teamwork and organisational skills while providing experience of setting and achieving goals.
The Earl was accompanied by Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Trustees at a celebratory event held at the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham (LAET) on the site of our new stadium development scheme.
For the past seven decades, the DofE has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people from all walks of life. From volunteering to physical activities, the DofE aims to equip participants with the skills valued by employers and universities.
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has engaged nearly 300 young people in its DofE programme, funded by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, over the last four years and is considered one of the top non-school licence holders for the programme in London.
Donna-Maria Cullen, Chair of Trustees, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “Delivering the DofE is part of our commitment to providing local young people with the life skills that will stand them in good stead.
“The skills gained doing a DofE programme are highly regarded by employers and will work in favour of participants when they come to apply for jobs in the future.
“The success of the Foundation’s delivery of the DofE, with students having recently achieved the incredibly challenging Gold Award, is testament to the hard work and dedication of all the participants and staff involved.”
Peter Fleet, Director of the DofE London, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the work that the Foundation does for young people in Tottenham. The Foundation delivering the DofE has given over 250 local young people the opportunity to foster soft skills and attributes that employers are looking for. We look forward to continuing the partnership, allowing even more young people to experience the benefits of a DofE programme, irrespective of background.”
Below: HRH The Earl of Wessex with Nikki Kelly, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation
The DofE is committed to extending the reach of its programme to an increasing number of young people, in particular young people who face disadvantage. A third of young people taking part in a DofE programme in London are from a disadvantaged and/or vulnerable background or at risk of social exclusion.
Today’s Royal visit aimed to raise the profile of the DofE in Haringey and the engagement of the communities that delivery partners such as the Foundation support.
During his visit to Tottenham, The Earl of Wessex presented the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation with a renewed licence certificate for the continued delivery of the programme, having been shown around the impressive facilities at LAET.
An outstanding new state-funded Sixth Form delivered by the Club in partnership with Highgate School, LAET brings expert teaching from some of the country’s top independent schools to young people in one of the capital’s most underprivileged areas.