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Minister visits Foundation

Posted on 6 March 2010  - 12:00

Vernon Coaker MP, Minister for Schools and Learners, was given an insight into the work of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation on a visit to White Hart Lane on Thursday.

Vernon Coaker MP, Minister for Schools and Learners, was given an insight into the work of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation on a visit to White Hart Lane on Thursday.

The Minister started his visit with a trip to the Vale School at Northumberland Park Community School where he observed a disability sports session.

The table tennis session has been developed through our Premier League 4 Sport project and is designed to provide inclusive and specific table tennis opportunities for disabled pupils at the Vale School. The session was delivered by an English Table Tennis Association Coach and a Tottenham Hotspur Foundation coach.

From there, Mr Coaker made the short trip to Lea Valley Primary School where he observed a session of the new Superstars project which is part of the Foundation's To Care Is To Do Programme.

The project's main aim is to raise self-esteem and confidence in the children taking part but it also has a healthy living focus and aims to get the message across about making healthier lifestyle choices with an age-specific curriculum designed.

Finally, the Minister made his way back to White Hart Lane and into the Learning Zone at the stadium, where he viewed the de-brief on a new programme called a 'Game of Two Halves'.

This programme begins with a football coaching session before students discuss the more emotional side of football and how they might adapt to match situations.

Mr Coaker was impressed with what he saw. "I think it's fantastic to see the way the club uses the name of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club to support the learning that goes on in the community, to raise aspirations and increase opportunity for all young people in the area.

"One of the things that is really good about what you see at Spurs is that it's not a club that talks about it, it's not a club that has it on paper and says ‘this is what we should be about', they actually deliver it.

"The work the Foundation does at Spurs is incredible. You can see there is commitment from the players, commitment from the manager and commitment from the board but also the fans and everyone associated with the club.

"Tottenham is right in the heart of the community but it's not only physically in the heart of the community, it demonstrates every single day that it's part of the heart of the community."