Seven lucky students from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's Haringey Special Schools Extended Football Project in partnership with Haringey Council enjoyed the away match at Everton on Saturday May 9 as special guests of their community scheme, who were celebrating achieving Foundation status.
The boys from Blanche Neville school for students with hearing impairements and the Vale School for students with physical disabilities were given complimentary seats alongside Everton's Under 12's Pan Disability squad. For all the boys it was their first time at a Premier League match.
The Spurs boys joined 200 Evertonians from the clubs community-based teams for a lap of the pitch at half time. The boys recieved courteous applause from the home fans but were treated to a raptuous reception by the travelling Spurs fans. Hassan Barre from the Vale school said he "felt like a real footballer".
The Extended Schools Football Project, which is in its final year, has delivered between 32-47 hourly sessions per week to primary, secondary, and special school units throughout Haringey. Attendance over this period on average ranges between 500 and 630 pupils per week with a total attendance to date exceeding 30,000 pupils.