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HOME OFFICE MINISTER VISITS KICKZ

Posted on 11 June 2007  - 12:00

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Vernon Coaker MP visited the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Kickz project yesterday afternoon on the Ferry Lane Estate in Tottenham.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Vernon Coaker MP visited the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Kickz project yesterday afternoon on the Ferry Lane Estate in Tottenham.The Home Office minister chatted to coaches and participants of the project that has just celebrated its first birthday.

Launched by the Prime Minister Tony Blair MP last spring, Spurs was one of only three clubs chosen to pilot the project which is now being rolled out across the country.

Nationally, funding for the programme has been provided primarily by HM Treasury via the Football Foundation with additional support from the Department for Culture Media and Sport, the youth volunteering charity v, the Respect Task Force and the Department of Health. Kickz targets some of the most disadvantaged children in the Borough, and coaches from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation work with 11-18 year olds from across the Ferry Lane Estate developing football skills, fitness training and self-defence as well as offering CV writing, career talks and study support.

Mr Coaker, a spurs fan saw one of the younger groups being put through their paces in a basketball session before watching the Spurs freestyler Billy Wingrove take a session with some of the younger participants as they practiced one on one skills in front of goal.

Meanwhile, in the Ferry Lane Primary school, another group of children were being shown how to DJ. Under the watchful eye of the experienced Femi, the children and Mr.Coaker all tried their hand at DJing.

Mr Coaker said: “It’s only when you come to see a project being delivered at first hand that you really understand the good that these initiatives can do.

“Not enough is said about the work that football clubs and their local communities do but, having spoken to coaches, the local police and the young people taking part in Kickz, it is clear to see what a massive difference it has made to this estate. Congratulations to Spurs and everyone involved.”

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To find out more about Creating Chances, the Premier League’s new initiative to deliver 200 player visits next season, click HERE