Jermain Defoe joined budding young athletes at Southbury Primary School as part of a Tottenham Hotspur Foundation run PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment) session in Enfield.
The striker took part in a mini basketball coaching activity at the school and expressed his enthusiasm for the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s work and the value of sport for young people.
He said: “Getting young people active is really important. Sport can be a great way to break down barriers and it can have a real positive impact. I was always out playing football whenever I could, but it doesn’t have to be football it could be tennis, basketball or anything else. The main thing is for people to be active, whatever their age, and I’m delighted to see our Foundation helping people do that.”
PPA was introduced to support new primary school requirements to provide teachers with time away from their class. As well as PPA, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation delivers a number of programmes in both primary and secondary schools including multi-sport, health and disability provision.
Last year the Club started work on its new state-of-the-art training facility at Bulls Cross in Enfield. As part of the development, Enfield Council, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and Tottenham Hotspur announced the launch of the Section 106 Partnership in Enfield outlining Club’s commitment of £2.3m to community sport and physical activity over the next 10 years to the London Borough of Enfield.
The relationship has seen the organisations working together to deliver sport and community programmes aimed at benefitting the lives of people within the local community
Mayor of Enfield, Cllr Jayne Buckland, said: "We have a fantastic relationship with Tottenham Hotspur. Since the formation of the Section 106 partnership we've seen some great work and results delivered by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation in the Borough.
“The programmes that have been introduced so far have helped us tackle some important issues such as crime prevention and community cohesion as well as encouraging healthy wellbeing and sports participation.
”This is only the beginning of what is a long-term commitment from the Club in Enfield and we are looking forward to the years ahead."
Donna-Maria Cullen, Executive Director, Tottenham Hotspur and Trustee, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, added: “The hugely successful partnership that has been formed between the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, Enfield Council and the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, as a result of our planning agreement alongside our new Training Centre under construction in Enfield, demonstrates the considerable investment in and commitment to the local community by the Club.
“The Club, as part of its proposals for the Olympic stadium, has similarly committed to provide significant funding for a substantial level of community, employment and multi-sport programmes that would make best use of the stadium facilities, the public realm, park and also deliver outreach programmes, working with the councils of the five Olympic Boroughs.”