Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and Barclays, title sponsors of the Premier League, have teamed up to launch a new education initiative for young people called Enterprise Academy.
The official programme launch event, held at White Hart Lane, was attended by Peter Crouch and Sebastien Bassong along with Steven Roberts, Barclays UK Retail Bank Chief Operating Officer.
Barclays colleagues have committed to fundraising £50,000 per annum for the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to develop and deliver the Enterprise Academy.
Enterprise Academy is a 10 hour programme designed for Year 9 students at Entry Level 3. The aim of the programme is to engage students through the business of football to encourage them to take part in Key Stage 4 related subjects. The sessions will be delivered by a Tottenham Hotspur Foundation member of staff in 20 schools this academic year during curriculum hours, with an option to run some of the sessions at White Hart Lane.
The course has been accredited by the OCR exam board and all students who complete the course will receive full certification.
The first programme started at St Thomas More School in Haringey on 1 October.
Daniel Levy, Chairman Tottenham Hotspur said: "I am delighted to be supporting the study of Business and Enterprise. In my role as Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur many of the activities within this scheme are issues that I have to address on a regular basis. I hope that you will be inspired by the Enterprise Academy project and trust that it will provide a valuable contribution to you future education."
Grant Cornwell MBE, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation CEO said: "Business and Enterprise have quite rightly become far more prominent on the school curriculum. It is vital that young people have an understanding of personal finances, employability skills and the attributes that employers look for. I have every faith that all the young people who participate will not only gain a unique insight into the running of a major Football Club but will also learn some valuable skills that they can take into their ongoing education and future careers."
Steven Roberts, Barclays UKRB Chief Operating Officer said: "Barclays Retail Operations and Business Banking have been working with THF since September 2009, and I am proud to say that we are involved in such as worthwhile community scheme. The Enterprise Academy programme helps young people build an understanding of running a business alongside money management skills in an enjoyable and engaging way. The accreditation they achieve will help them in their future working lives; this is definitely something that Barclays is proud to be supporting."