Railtrack — Rail Safety and Crime Prevention
Tottenham Hotspur FITC and Railtrack have forged a partnership in order to raise awareness and reduce trespass and vandalism on the railway, using football as a medium.
Railtrack direct the FITC scheme into schools, estates or areas that they have identified as problem locations (through data collected at Railtrack Control Centres). The Tottenham Hotspur FITC coaches then spend up to six weeks in a school or community and work with the local police, community centres and the probation service to deliver the message. The FITC coaches present safety awareness and healthy living talks and distribute merchandise bearing the ‘Stay Safe, Play Safe’ logo to the children. Railtrack then offer follow up school visits by Railway schools liaison coordinators.
"The programmes that Tottenham Hotspur FITC deliver on behalf of Railtrack are a great success. We believe that the children respond better and listen more to the Tottenham Hotspur FITC coaches because they’ve got the football club attached to them. They are kind of heroes to them, and even if they’re not famous footballers, they are from a big football club and when you are young you look up to them and pay more attention to them."
Rob Turner, Station Manager at Broxbourne.
Railway crime incidents on the West Anglia Inner Route have experienced a 21.6% improvement year on year, with some of the reduction attributed to the work carried out by the coaches (please note: upgraded fencing may have also contributed to this figure).
Met Police — Citizenship
The Metropolitan Police is committed to promoting sporting activity within the communities with which they work. They believe that linking with Tottenham Hotspur can help to bring about a better understanding of each other through sport as well as increase the amount of football activities taking place in the local community.
Haringey is now a borough with a diverse population (comprising 47 different nationalities) and this means a great mix of cultures with different views and beliefs. In an attempt to bring together the different ethnic communities, the partnership between Tottenham Hotspur FITC and the Metropolitan Police allows local primary school children to all come together and participate in 5-a-side football competitions.
By using the presence of the Police force along with the appeal of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, both parties are confident that feelings of integration and good citizenship are being taken on board amongst the children.
Chief Superintendent Stephen James, Borough Commander said,
"Providing our young people with meaningful and enjoyable activities is an important part of building a safer community. Encouraging young people to take part in sport diverts them from being drawn into anti-social behaviour and encourages a healthy and constructive lifestyle."
Maths Trail — Numeracy
Tottenham Hotspur FITC staff worked on programmes to develop and encourage health, fitness and self-confidence, whilst including numeracy skills in a football context. Maths lessons in schools are designed to support the work, and as part of the project participating schools complete a Maths Trail at White Hart Lane. The football ground has two different Maths Trails to show how different areas and aspects of the stadium can be used for improving numeracy.