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PM GETS HIS KICKZ AT SPURS

Posted on 8 April 2006  - 12:00

White Hart Lane played host to a special guest this week when Prime Minister Tony Blair visited to the stadium on Wednesday to announce the launch of Kickz, a new social inclusion programme to be spearheaded by Spurs.

White Hart Lane played host to a special guest this week when Prime Minister Tony Blair visited to the stadium on Wednesday to announce the launch of Kickz, a new social inclusion programme to be spearheaded by Spurs.

Jointly funded by the Metropolitan Police and the Premier League, Kickz will target some of the most disadvantaged children in the Borough and is a significant milestone in the history of Tottenham Hotspur Community.

The PM said: "A lot of kids in the inner city don’t get a chance to play much football, so the purpose of these programmes is to encourage sport to become part of their weekly, if not daily, life because it does so much good for their health and sense of responsibilities. I think it’s great that Spurs have got involved in this project and to see Ledley King and Paul Robinson play was fantastic."

The Club will be working with 11-18 year olds from the Ferry Lane Estate in Tottenham over the next 12 months. Kickz is being piloted across three London clubs - ourselves, Fulham and Brentford - but if successful, it will be replicated across the capital.

Over the course of one year, the Kickz participants will work on football skills, fitness training, self-defence as well as CV writing and receive career talks and study support.

Our skipper Ledley King and Paul Robinson were on hand to talk to the Prime Minister and Head Coach Martin Jol also showed our guest around the stadium and changing rooms where the Rt Hon Member for Sedgefield was only too happy to talk tactics and about the summer's World Cup.

Having met with key figures from the Metropolitan Police and the FA Premier League’s Chief Executive Richard Scudamore the Prime Minster swept along White Hart Lane to take part in a Kickz session that was underway at the newly-refurbished White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre.

The Prime Minster looked on with Tottenham Hotspur Community Coach, Gary Broadhurst as the participants were put through their paces before joining some of the participants in a ball control session.

However, the ball skills only served as a warm up for the main drill - shooting practice! Ledley passed balls for the Prime Minister and some of the Kickz participants to run on to and try to score past England's No.1 Robbo in the nets.

"Kickz is a fascinating project and we are proud to have been asked to pilot it," said Kathryn Robinson, Director of Tottenham Hotspur Community. "In one 12-month period we have the opportunity to develop some exciting elements of our community support programme for young people in Tottenham. We will be using football as a magnet to engage local people in activities that will make a real difference to their health, education and lifestyles.

"We are all very excited and looking forward to setting an example which other clubs can follow."

Kickz is officially launched today and over the next 12 months, we will keep you up to speed on how the participants are developing.