We were pleased to welcome the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and BRIT Trust to the Lane on Saturday to present a cheque for £7,000 to Tottenham Hotspur Kickz.
Last year, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation (THF) received funding from the BRIT Trust, the charitable arm of BPI, to deliver musical activity across our eight Kickz projects.
Funded by the Premier League, Metropolitan Police and Football Foundation Kickz aims to ‘Create stronger, safer more respectful communities through the development of young people's potential'. To date, Tottenham Hotspur Kickz projects have engaged over 3,000 young people since opening the pilot project in April 2006.
Kickz is delivered by 39 Premier League and Football League clubs' community teams across the country, working in partnership with local police forces and authorities, offering young people in the most deprived areas the chance to play sports and other activities three nights a week, 48 weeks of the year. As well as football and a range of other sports, Kickz gives participants the opportunity to take part in music, dance and film-making. Educational sessions are also offered to young people about issues such as healthy lifestyles and the dangers of drug use and carrying weapons.
Tottenham Hotspur Kickz operates at the following venues:
· Ferry Lane, Tottenham (Haringey)
· Northumberland Park, Tottenham (Haringey)
· Broomfield School, Arnos Grove (Enfield)
· Chace Community School (Enfield)
· Rushcroft/Chingford Hall (Waltham Forest)
· Westcroft Estate, Cricklewood (Barnet)
· Kelmscott Leisure Cente, Walthamstow (Waltham Forest)
· Nicholls Field, Harlow (Essex)
Tottenham Hotspur Kickz has staged a range of local talent events and musical opportunities across its network over the past year. Most recently, Kickz participant Yoje Kikanka hosted a talent show at Haringey Sixth Form Centre where emerging musical talent from the eight projects had the opportunity to perform in front of their peers.
Young people from the projects have also had the opportunity to learn about radio presenting, playlists, Djing, and producing tracks. Participants also visited local community radio station Streetlife FM and national radio station Choice FM, where they received awards for their hard work.
And performance by Tottenham Hotspur Kickz participants Da Clique at the Kickz awards at Wembley Stadium in October 2009 has cemented what has been a very successful year.
Trevor Duberry, Community Development Officer for the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: "Kickz is now demonstrating that it is reaching out to young people who are maybe not only interested in football or dare I say it, don't like football at all. The attraction of football be it on or off the pitch captivates nearly all of us and consequently the programme, targeted at teenagers, now has a holistic approach to the rounded development of all young people."
The BRIT Trust offers young people the opportunity to enhance their lives through music. This initiative builds on the work that football clubs and UK record labels already do to invest in young British talent.
On the football side, clubs' academies identify and develop young talent, leading many players from grassroots through to the top of the professional game. In the music world, record labels perform a similar role, discovering and nurturing new artists and helping them to achieve their full potential.
The BRIT School (a free state performing arts school, partly funded by donations from the BRIT Trust) provides training in a range of professional skills in the music world, and has taught many successful artists such as Adele, Leona Lewis, Katie Melua, the Kooks and The Feeling.
Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive of the BPI and trustee of the BRIT Trust said:
"Music and football are really important to young people and we're delighted to be working with Kickz and the Football Foundation to give young people in disadvantaged communities' access to better facilities, equipment and mentoring - and to discover the positive role music can play in their lives."
Pictured above from left to right are as follows:
Terry Fogarty (THF), Lynne McDowell (BPI), Lynette Obika (Football Foundation), Jenni Kelleher (Premier League), Inspector Marc Davis (Metropolitan Police), and Trevor Duberry (THF).
The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation would like to thank the BRIT Trust for providing a wonderful opportunity to explore and develop local young people's musical talents.