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Clubs work together to improve job prospects

Posted on 27 September 2010  - 12:00

Spurs Legend and Club Ambassador Ossie Ardiles joined young people from across London at the Lane on Friday in celebration of new career opportunities given to them through collaboration between some of the capital's leading football clubs.

Clubs work together to improve job prospects

Spurs Legend and Club Ambassador Ossie Ardiles joined young people from across London at the Lane on Friday in celebration of new career opportunities given to them through collaboration between some of the capital's leading football clubs.

Earlier this year the Department of Work and Pensions provided £400,000 worth of Future Jobs funding for the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to lead on a partnership with Croydon College and other community schemes at Arsenal, Brentford, Charlton Athletic, Fulham and West Ham United, to help create 56 new jobs for young people aged 18-24.

For the past six months, the young people have been employed as coaches within football club community schemes, given training and work experience as well as a salary.

Groups of participants representing each club were given the chance to give presentations on their achievements before being awarded certificates by Ardiles.

Earlier in the day, participants showcased their new skills by running multi-sports coaching sessions with children at St Frances de Sales Primary School in Tottenham.

All participants have worked towards their NVQ qualifications with 28 young people going on to earn apprenticeships as coaches and complete a full NVQ in Sport and Active Leadership.

Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive of Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: "This represents a fantastic opportunity for football clubs to work together pan-London addressing and impacting positively on employment in their local communities. We know that young people make up the largest proportion of those unemployed in the UK and football clubs are now in the position to make a real contribution to this key Government priority."