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John rewards budding poets!

Posted on 19 November 2008  - 12:00

John Bostock was at White Hart Lane stadium on Tuesday rewarding the winners of this year's Kick Racism out of Football Poetry Competition.

John rewards budding poets!

John Bostock was at White Hart Lane stadium on Tuesday rewarding the winners of this year's Kick Racism out of Football Poetry Competition in an event organised by Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE).

The competition was organised by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the Enfield Local Football Partnership, Enfield Town FC and Enfield Town Ladies FC, with support from the Enfield Race Equality Council, the London Borough of Enfield, Middlesex County FA and Enfield and Haringey Libraries, and was made open to primary and secondary school children throughout the two boroughs.

Participants were challenged to write poetry on the subject of Walter Tull, the first black outfield professional footballer who played for Tottenham Hotspur between 1909 and 1911.

The young poets were invited to library workshops in Enfield and Haringey in order to do their research on Tull, who died serving as the first black officer in the British Army during World War One.

John, who on Thursday November 6 became our youngest ever player to play a competitive match at the age of 16 years, 295 days, handed out prizes to this year's winners.

He said: "The life of Walter Tull and the challenges he faced should act as an inspiration to us all, so it's extremely encouraging that the Club is encouraging children to learn more on the subject.

"And what better way than for them to write poetry and therefore express themselves creatively. I was happy to meet these budding poets!"

John was joined in the prize-giving by players from Enfield Town and Enfield Town Ladies Football Club.

As part of the day's celebrations, all participants got to take a tour of White Hart Lane stadium and learn a little more about the history of the Club.