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Gio launches Premier League 4 Sport

Posted on 22 October 2009  - 12:00

Giovani Dos Santos was the special guest as Tottenham Hotspur became the latest Premier League football club to offer young people the chance to get involved in Olympic sports in a groundbreaking £3.8 million partnership with the Government.

Giovani Dos Santos was the special guest as Tottenham Hotspur became the latest Premier League football club to offer young people the chance to get involved in Olympic sports in a groundbreaking £3.8 million partnership with the Government.

All 20 clubs in football's top flight are linking up with community sport clubs to help attract young people in their local areas to offer them the chance to get involved in badminton, judo, table tennis and volleyball.

The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation launched its version of the Premier League 4 Sport initiative at Turin Grove School, Enfield, on Wednesday, as Mexican international forward Giovani joined 50 young people from local schools in taster sessions of the four sports.

He said: "It was an enjoyable day for everyone involved and great to see Spurs giving local kids the chance to participate in all different types of sports - not just football."

Premier League 4 Sport

The initiative will support the Government's ambition to offer young people five hours of sport a week, as part of its 2012 legacy plans. It will also address the drop-off in sports participation when young people leave secondary school.

Working with the sports governing bodies, the Youth Sport Trust and Sport England, Premier League clubs aim to get 25,000 young people to join local sport clubs in the four Olympic sports during the three-year scheme.

The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation will be linked to four community sport clubs in the area. These community sport clubs will be linked to local schools in the area creating a total of sixteen satellite clubs. Tottenham Hotspur Foundation have appointed a project co-ordinator; Cathy Carr, who will manage the scheme locally and work with the clubs, sports development partners and school sports departments to maximise opportunities for young people.

Premier League 4 Sport will build on the success of the Premier League's current community programme and aims to get children from all backgrounds involved in non-traditional, club-based sport.

Premier League 4Sport co-ordinator; Cathy Carr said:

"This new programme is a really exciting opportunity to get young people involved in a range of sports and to use the brand of Tottenham Hotspur to help achieve this. The launch is the beginning of lots of new opportunities and I look forward to developing the project and holding a celebration event next year to demonstrate the impact the project has had on young people's lives, as well as the coaches, clubs, volunteers and everyone involved in the Premier League 4Sport project".