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Graduates rewarded at The Lane

Posted on 18 July 2008  - 12:00

Dorian Dervite rewarded graduates from the Haringey Playing for Success scheme at White Hart Lane.    

Graduates rewarded at The Lane

Dorian Dervite rewarded graduates from the Haringey Playing for Success scheme at White Hart Lane.

Our French defender was on hand to give out certificates and prizes to children from various Haringey schools who have taken part in the programme at the stadium's state-of-the-art Spurs Learning Zone during the Summer Term.

Dorian, 19, said: "I think it is really positive that the Club allows local children to learn at a place like White Hart Lane. The kids I met today have all achieved something and I was pleased to be here and show my support."

Dave Lyall, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's Playing for Success co-ordinator, added: "Playing for Success is an inspirational project. The children attending this term have made incredible progress, not just in their academic levels but in self-esteem too. You can see them buzzing with excitement when they come through the gates of the Club. Graduation is the icing on the cake for them and really celebrates their achievements."

Playing for Success is part of a national initiative co-ordinated by the Department for Education & Skills, which uses out-of-hours learning to raise attainment at Key Stage Two & Three in literacy and numeracy.

Over 20 Haringey schools each year have the opportunity to send pupils to the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's Playing for Success, and pupils attend two-hour sessions each week for a total of ten weeks, during which they are offered a unique educational experience where skills taught in school are enhanced and developed.

Each session is delivered by a trained teacher and assisted by a team of dedicated Learning Mentors, who are recruited locally and represent the balance of ethnic groups within Haringey.

Ellie Kolatsi, a teacher from Mulberry Primary School said: "Playing for Success is a well planned and managed project. Dave and the mentors have an exceptional ability to think about the needs of every child, thus creating an exciting atmosphere where children are proud of their achievements. The Graduation is the final chapter of their journey, but they have experienced an innovative and creative way of learning for the future."

Tutors and mentors are trained to develop and raise self-esteem. As a result, the Spurs Learning Zone provides a positive learning environment.