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Posted on 12 July 2002  - 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).

A hugely successful tournament took place at the Vale School behind White Hart Lane on Monday when disabled students were able to put into practice the benefit of long-term training by our community coaches.

Children from The Vale Resource Base, William C Harvey, Moselle and Key Stage 3 PRU participated in a inter-special schools six-a-side tournament sponsored by Spurs and Premiership backers Barclaycard.

Fifty children of differing ability made up the eight teams and the sides were picked on arrival to ensure all teams had similar levels of ability. The kids were given an exclusive tour of White Hart Lane after the tournament.

There was a presentation after the event and the youngsters received lots of goodies from Spurs and Barclaycard.

Our community officer Steve Grenfell was delighted that months of preparation resulted in such a successful outcome and plans to widen the target areas next year.

"It was a massive success," commented Steve. "We built up to the event, it has been an ongoing programme throughout the year and it was pleasing to finish off the academic year with such a successful tournament.

"We are developing the programme next year and are going to involve individual schools.

"This year we worked with the Vale School, which hosted the actual tournament, all year for one or two days a week. Our community coaches went to the school to give training and they also came to the club.

"That then led to involving all the other disability schools in Harringey in the tournament.

"What is going to happen next year is that, with the help of Barclaycard, the process is going roll out to target all the schools that attended the tournament. We will be working with them in the same way we worked with the Vale this year.

"So next year will be hopefully a much bigger tournament."

Barclaycard Sponsorship Director Nic Gault added: " As sponsors of the Barclaycard Premiership we are lucky enough to get involved in working with the clubs to create programmes that have real impact in the local community. The work done here by Spurs and the schools has been a shining example of what we are trying to achieve across the country."