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Beat Bullying

Posted on 21 December 2004  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Our players all sported blue rubber wristbands for Saturday's game against Southampton as we displayed our full support to the Government-backed anti-bullying campaign — 'Beat Bullying'.

In doing so, we became the first team to wear the wristbands and the first club to publicly join the battle against bullying.

The Department for Education and Skills, in partnership with BBC Radio 1, is running the campaign to help tackle the problem of bullying in schools and, as a high-profile Barclays Premiership club, we were delighted to be able to help raise awareness of the scheme in an attempt to stamp out bullies.

The blue wristbands are designed for people to wear to show their support and to rally against bullying, which is an ongoing problem predominantly in schools but also in the workplace.

At Spurs Lodge last week, a number of our first-team stars including Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Ledley King backed the campaign and on Saturday, the entire first team and the coaching staff all wore the wristbands.

Striker Robbie Keane said: “Bullying is a major problem in today's society and when you think that some people have been bullied to such an extent that they have committed suicide, then something must be done.

“No-one should have to suffer from it. Children should be able to go to school without fear of being bullied, without being scared. Everyone here at Spurs is fully behind this campaign, we want the bullies to know that what they are doing is wrong and they must be stopped and that's why we will back the scheme.”

A host of celebrities from the worlds of sport, music and showbiz have also signed up in support of the campaign which started on November 1 and runs until January 9.

• Every seven seconds someone in Britain is being bullied
• One in five secondary school pupils have experience of bullying
• Bullying can happen anywhere, one in four people are bullied at work
• Most people who bully have been bullied themselves
• Over 20,000 young people get help every year when they speak out against bullying

• If you are being bullied, tell someone you can trust, a friend, family member or teacher
• Bullying is a form of harassment — know your rights
• Listen and talk to your friends and colleagues — support them if they are being bullied
• Get involved in your school’s anti-bullying campaign or start your own anti-bullying group
• Remember if you are being bullied it’s not your fault and you are not alone

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