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Alan rewards graduates

Posted on 27 April 2009  - 12:00

Alan Hutton was on hand to reward the latest group of graduates from the Haringey Playing for Success scheme at White Hart Lane.

Alan rewards graduates

Alan Hutton was on hand to reward the latest group of graduates from the Haringey Playing for Success scheme at White Hart Lane.

The defender gave out certificates and prizes to children from various Haringey schools who have taken part in the programme at the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's state-of-the-art Spurs Learning Zone during the Spring Term.

The Scotland international said: "Through the work of the Foundation, the Club always look to recognise achievement in local youngsters, so it was a pleasure for me to be here.

"The opportunity for these kids to come and learn at a place like White Hart Lane and meet a First Team player at the end of it no doubt provides inspiration to them, so I think Playing for Success is a fantastic scheme."

Alan signs autographs

Dave Lyall, Tottenham Hotspur's Playing for Success co-ordinator, added: "Playing for Success is an inspirational project. The children attending this term have made incredible progress, not just in their academic levels but in self-esteem too. You can see them buzzing with excitement when they come through the gates of the Club. Graduation is the icing on the cake for them and really celebrates their achievements."

Playing for Success is part of a national initiative co-ordinated by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, which uses out-of-hours learning to raise attainment at Key Stage Two & Three in literacy and numeracy.

Over 20 Haringey schools each year have the opportunity to send pupils to the Tottenham Hotspur's Playing for Success, and pupils attend two-hour sessions each week for a total of ten weeks, during which they are offered a unique educational experience where skills taught in school are enhanced and developed.

Each session is delivered by a trained teacher and assisted by a team of dedicated Learning Mentors, who are recruited locally and represent the balance of ethnic groups within Haringey.

Tutors and mentors are trained to develop and raise self-esteem. As a result, the Spurs Learning Zone provides a positive learning environment.