Vedran Corluka attended the launch of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's latest community project, Volunteer Tottenham Hotspur, at White Hart Lane.
In 2006, now Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: "[It is my vision]...for our country to pioneer and be the first to achieve the day it becomes the norm for...every employer [to have] a volunteering scheme for their employees."
Volunteer Tottenham Hotspur intends to use existing Tottenham Hotspur Foundation projects to attract and harness the energy and commitment of volunteers from the local area, which will in turn benefit the Foundation itself, the thousands of children/young people/adults that the Foundation engages, and the volunteers themselves.
Vedran took part in a series of workshops alongside a group of local people demonstrating the areas in which volunteers can work within the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's various programmes.
This included an MATP (Motor Active Training Programme) session with a group of adults with learning difficulties and/or physical disabilities, working on core movements and development of the participants' awareness and concentration in physical activities. This workshop was supported by coaches from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's Reach 2 Teach disability sports project.
Vedran also took part in a fun quiz with potential volunteers in the state-of-the-art Spurs Learning Zone - a classroom facility situated within White Hart Lane stadium that acts as the base for the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's educational work with local school children.
The volunteers were also given a presentation on the community development and sports development work that the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation undertakes in its work across the London Boroughs of Haringey, Enfield, Barnet, Waltham Forest and Epping Forest.
Vedran said: "Spurs, via the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, does so much good work in the community so I was happy to come along today and show to local people the important role they can play in this work by volunteering through this new project."
Volunteer Tottenham Hotspur is a three-year project funded by the PL/PFA Community Fund and all volunteers will be selected from the community.
The project aims to recruit 20 volunteers in each of the three years and provide a total of 11,480 hours of work for participants.
Volunteers within the programme will benefit from the project by:
- being able to test out potential career choices
- gaining evidence to prove to future employers that they have developed necessary skills
- making a difference in people's lives and enriching the local community
- meeting new and like-minded people
The participants will receive support, advice, guidance and encouragement from Tottenham Hotspur Foundation staff and coaches, and the project will help:
- prepare them for employment
- improve their self-confidence
- improve their communication skills
- improve their problem solving skills
Vedran's appearance at the launch of Volunteer Tottenham Hotspur was part of the Club's support to the Premier League's Creating Chances Places for Players intiative for the 2009/10 season.