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Niko inspired by teenagers

Posted on 6 October 2010  - 12:00

More than 70 young people received their Educational Achievement Awards from Niko Kranjcar at a special ceremony at White Hart Lane as part of a joint ‘To Care is To Do' initiative between Haringey Council and the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation - funded by the Premier League.

Niko inspired by teenagers

More than 70 young people received their Educational Achievement Awards from Niko Kranjcar at a special ceremony at White Hart Lane as part of a joint ‘To Care is To Do' initiative between Haringey Council and the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation - funded by the Premier League.

Niko commented: "It was an honour for me to be part of this special night in which we celebrated the achievements of so many young people in our community.

"The fact that many who were rewarded have had to overcome difficult experiences in their lives makes their achievements even more impressive, and it's great that the Club hosts such an event and work with the local authority to make sure these children and young people have the best possible opportunities."

Around 150 inspirational teenagers from Haringey have received awards for achievements at school or contributions to their local community as part of the initiative.

All of the 12-16 year-olds are youngsters who have been in the care of Haringey Council - and have taken advantage of opportunities to further their education or learn new skills that will benefit both themselves and others.

Awards were presented to young people for their work in four key areas - Being an asset to school and the local community; Academic achievement; GCSE achievement award and Engagement with culture and leisure activities. Outstanding achievement awards were also presented on the evening.

Also presented on the evening was the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation award for ‘Outstanding Commitment', for continued involvement in various Tottenham Hotspur Foundation projects. Throughout these projects he children showed commitment, dedication and motivation to achieve their goals as well as help others.

Speaking about the awards, Haringey's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Cllr Lorna Reith, said: "Here we have examples of scores of young people who are an inspiration to others - and we are very proud of what they have all achieved. Congratulations to all concerned - and thanks to Tottenham Hotspur for their involvement with the programme."

The project is funded by the Premier League Professional Football Association Community Fund, Haringey Council and Haringey NHS.

Joe Lyons, Operations and Education Manager at Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, speaking after the awards, said: "The night was fantastic. It was an honour to host such a significant event and share the achievements of these young people. As we are now in the proposed final year of this programme, our main priority is to ensure its sustainability and continued delivery. This is something that the Foundation, with the continued support from our partners at Haringey Council, will work hard to achieve."