Tottenham Hotspur Foundation coaches were joined by Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Ben Bradshaw, at Kickz hosted at Northumberland Park Community School in Haringey, situated in the shadows of White Hart Lane, highlighting the importance of the Club's community work in the Borough.
In 2006 Tottenham Hotspur Foundation piloted one of the very first Kickz projects in the country on the nearby Ferry Lane Estate in Tottenham. Today over 1,300 young people participate in Foundation-run Kickz projects across five London boroughs each year.
Ben Bradshaw commented on the initiative, "Kickz is a fantastic initiative which is going from strength to strength. Not only does it offer young people the chance to participate in sport, but it gives them routes into coaching, education and employment. It is helping to build stronger communities in some of the country's most deprived areas and breaking down barriers between young people and the police. I applaud the support that Tottenham Hotspur and the Metropolitan Police have given to Kickz. It shows what can be achieved when the Government and football team up to harness the power of sport in improving people's lives."
Spurs captain Ledley King voiced his support for the work of the Foundation and the impact the Kickz initiative has made in the community, "Through the Foundation, Kickz has been extremely successful and has thrived in our communities. Quite simply, Kickz provides young people with the opportunity to do something positive in a safe and secure environment."
The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation provides 5,000 hours of free provision annually for young people and sessions have been proven to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.