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Daws rewards graduates

Posted on 12 December 2008  - 12:00

Michael Dawson rewarded graduates from the Haringey Playing for Success scheme at White Hart Lane on Thursday.

Daws rewards graduates

Michael Dawson rewarded graduates from the Haringey Playing for Success scheme at White Hart Lane on Thursday.

The defender was on hand to give out certificates and prizes to children from various Haringey schools who have taken part in the programme at the stadium's state-of-the-art Spurs Learning Zone during the Autumn Term.

'Daws' said: "Education is high on the agenda of Spurs' community programme, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, and it was a pleasure to be on hand to reward children who have been working hard in school with the help of the Club."

Michael Dawson

Dave Lyall, Tottenham Hotspur's Playing for Success co-ordinator, added: "Playing for Success is an inspirational project. The children attending this term have made incredible progress, not just in their academic levels but in self-esteem too. You can see them buzzing with excitement when they come through the gates of the Club. Graduation is the icing on the cake for them and really celebrates their achievements."

Playing for Success is part of a national initiative co-ordinated by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, which uses out-of-hours learning to raise attainment at Key Stage Two & Three in literacy and numeracy.

Over 20 Haringey schools each year have the opportunity to send pupils to the Tottenham Hotspur's Playing for Success, and pupils attend two-hour sessions each week for a total of ten weeks, during which they are offered a unique educational experience where skills taught in school are enhanced and developed.

Michael Dawson

Each session is delivered by a trained teacher and assisted by a team of dedicated Learning Mentors, who are recruited locally and represent the balance of ethnic groups within Haringey.

Tutors and mentors are trained to develop and raise self-esteem. As a result, the Spurs Learning Zone provides a positive learning environment.