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Foundation introduces Vincent to Ferry Lane’s Cruyff Court

Posted on 30 September 2016  - 15:15

Vincent Janssen made a special visit to the Cruyff Court on Ferry Lane estate yesterday (Thursday, September 29) to see how Tottenham Hotspur Foundation uses the space to change the lives of local young people.

The Dutch international, who joined the Club this summer, was recently given a Johan Cruyff award after topping the Eredivisie scoring charts for AZ Alkmaar last season, and as part of the award will get to donate a Cruyff Court to his hometown of Heesch.

Vincent saw the Cruyff Court being used by the Foundation to deliver its Premier League Kicks programme, offering free football sessions to 12 to 19-year-olds living in the local community.

The Court was donated to the Foundation back in 2012 by the Johan Cruyff Foundation and has since been used to support thousands of young people from Haringey to access sport in a safe environment right on their doorstep.

During his visit, Vincent was introduced to a number of participants who have been attending the Foundation’s Kicks session on Ferry Lane for a number of years, before getting involved in passing drills with the young people.

Vincent said: “It was great to see the Cruyff Court being used by so many young people in Tottenham, they seemed to be getting a lot of enjoyment out of it by playing a sport they love with their friends. I hope that my Cruyff Court will bring the same benefits to young people living in my hometown.”

Richard Allicock, Community Development Manager, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “People living in the area get a lot out of coming to use the facilities here. They work with our coaches to develop their skills on the pitch and also work closely with our mentors who guide them on to pathways leading to education and employment opportunities.

“Having Vincent come and meet the young people and have a kickabout with them in a place they call home is a really positive experience for them and one that will stick by them for the rest of their lives.”

Jess, a participant on the Foundation’s Kicks programme, said: “I’ve been coming to play football at the Cruyff Court for a while and I really enjoy it. I enjoy doing the training with the Foundation coaches and playing short games with my friends. I’ve also had help from some of the mentors who have made me realise how important it is to get a good education.”

Niels Meijer, International Director of the Cruyff Foundation, said: “It’s great to see the enthusiasm and the involvement of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation in making the Cruyff Court a huge success for the local community. They stimulate the youngsters to use the Cruyff Court as more than a football pitch. It is a place where pupils learn about respect, responsibility and integration through sports. They learn to cooperate, make friends, learn to stand up for themselves and for others and cope with winning and losing.

“It’s great to see Vincent Janssen, recently awarded the Johan Cruyff prize as Talent of the Year, involved in the local community in Tottenham and attending activities on the Cruyff Court.”

The Cruyff Court on Ferry Lane is supported by People’s Postcode Lottery, Haringey Council and the Johan Cruyff Foundation.