Sreeni Shaji and Vadims Krasovkis are currently studying the FdSc Football Coaching and Performance degree with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
As a reward for their high level of performance on the course, the pair have been chosen as ambassadors for the Foundation’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme, sponsored by People’s Postcode Lottery.
This gives young people the opportunity to achieve an award for taking part in a wide range of activities and challenges that contribute to their positive personal development, including expeditions such as this trek which builds teamwork, problem solving and leadership skills.
The 10-day trek to Machu Pichu is hosted by Charity Challenge, which offers fundraising opportunities for worthy causes through various expeditions around the world.
Sreeni and Vadims are raising money for the LLDD Centre of Excellence run by the Foundation at Barnet and Southgate College, providing sports and educational opportunities for people with learning difficulties and disabilities to develop vital life skills, access employment opportunities and prepare for independent living.
Upon their return, Sreeni and Vadims will volunteer on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for a year and will share their experiences with young participants to help motivate them as they embark on their own expeditions in the UK.
Vadims said: “Being chosen to represent the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation as an ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh programme and to raise funds for their work was a proud moment for me and I look forward to sharing my experiences when I return. I’ve never been to Peru before and so I’m really excited to experience the magnificent natural beauty of the country.”
Sreeni said: “Volunteering and studying with the Foundation has been a great experience so far. It’s not only allowed me to gain knowledge in sports coaching but also helped me improve my confidence and leadership skills. Being selected to represent the Foundation as an ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh programme is a special honour and I’m very much looking forward to what I hope will be an amazing experience in Peru.”
The team is being led on the trek by Kieran Bryant, one of the Foundation’s Community Development Officers who coordinates the Duke of Edinburgh programme and who has supported over 60 young people to gain the award.
We wish the group a safe and enjoyable journey as they embark on the trip of a lifetime.