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Communicating for success

Posted on 17 July 2009  - 12:00

The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation this week held a five-a-side tournament to mark the end of the 'Communicating For Success' programme - a seven-week course based on a combination of sport and ICT.

Communicating for success

The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation this week held a five-a-side tournament to mark the end of the 'Communicating For Success' programme - a seven-week course based on a combination of sport and ICT.

The project is aimed at helping primary schoolchildren in Haringey build self-confidence and improve their education and communication skills before their transition to secondary school in September.

Sessions in literacy and ICT have been held at White Hart Lane's Spurs Learning Zone via Playing for Success, in partnership with BT and the Football Foundation.

All six of the schools involved participated in the celebratory football tournament held at White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre, Wood Green.

Year 6 pupils from Risely Avenue, Lea Valley and Lancasterian Primary Schools joined Year 7 pupils from Northumberland Park, Woodside and St Thomas More Secondary Schools on the course.

The secondary school pupils have worked alongside primary school children, giving them the chance to ask questions about school and learn everything from reading timetables and keeping homework diaries to discussing any concerns about the move to secondary school and building up their self-esteem.

David Lyall, Playing for Success manager at the Spurs Learning Zone said: "Harnessing the power of football and the privileged position the sport has in our society, this innovative project will encourage young people, some from deprived backgrounds, to lead healthy, fulfilling lives while teaching them that ICT can be both fun and life enhancing.

"The opportunity for the youngsters to build relationships with the secondary school pupils is so valuable and while the sporting activities teach them about team work and the importance of physical exercise the computer based activities inspire them to communicate and offer them an interesting way to learn."

Each Communicating for Success participant received two tickets to our pre-season friendly with Olympiakos at The Lane on Sunday August 9.

The students also received a Tottenham Hotspur goody bag and a certificate to show that they have successfully completed the "Communicating For Success" programme.

Communicating for Success