‘Keano’ joined the Mayor of Haringey to officially open the Spurs Learning Zone, along with local education stakeholders, at the famous stadium to see the new facility first hand.
He said: “The facility here is amazing and very high-tech. We didn’t have anything like this when I was at school and I can see that the children are really going to enjoy coming here. As a player I am always proud and keen to support the work the Club does in using the game we play to inspire more and more young local people.”
Cllr Sheik G.L Thompson, Mayor of Haringey added: “I’m very concerned that so many people are deprived of things for financial reasons. So to see a Club like Tottenham Hotspur in the heart of my Borough doing what they’re doing, trying to level out the inequalities and also have the same objectives as I do, is simply fantastic. I think it is fantastic that there are people at Tottenham Hotspur to have the vision, as well as the humanity, to do something like this.”
The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Education in Schools programme already works with over 60 schools in and around North London using dedicated teachers and mentors to motivate children who may struggle in the classroom to raise literacy and numeracy standards as well as train youngsters in the use of IT.
The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Education team is also a leading player in the national Playing for Success initiative - a partnership between the Department for Education and Skills, the London Borough of Haringey and the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
Kathryn Robinson, Chief Executive of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation said: “The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, with the generous backing and financial support of the Club, is committed to developing new projects and facilities which help to tackle some of the most pressing issues in the local community. Local children and young people will benefit enormously from the Spurs Learning Zone, which is set to become an integral part of the stadium and therefore life in Haringey.”
Robbie Keane was present on Thursday as the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation launched the Spurs Learning Zone, a new state-of-the-art educational facility at White Hart Lane.This new suite will host daily classes of up to 30 local children with access to cutting-edge information and communication technology equipment, digital editing facilities and podcasting technology.