Sandro was on hand to reward the latest group of graduates from the Haringey Playing for Success scheme at White Hart Lane.
The Brazilian international midfielder gave out the certificates to children from various Haringey schools who have taken part in the educational programme at the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s state-of-the-art Spurs Learning Zone during the Winter Term.
Those in attendance at the ceremony were also treated to a display of football freestyling by our world renowned trickster, Billy Wingrove.
David Lyall, Tottenham Hotspur's Playing for Success co-ordinator, added: "Playing for Success has made a huge difference to the children attending, not just in their academic levels but in self esteem also. The graduation is a great chance to celebrate the children’s achievements and showcase all the fantastic work they have done. "
Playing for Success is part of a national initiative co-ordinated by the Department for Education, which uses out-of-hours learning to raise attainment at Key Stage Two & Three in literacy and numeracy.
Over 20 Haringey schools each year have the opportunity to send pupils to the Tottenham Hotspur's Playing for Success. Pupils attend two-hour sessions each week for a total of ten weeks, during which they are offered a unique educational experience where skills taught in school are enhanced and developed.
Each session is delivered by a trained teacher and assisted by a team of dedicated Learning Mentors, who are recruited locally and represent the balance of ethnic groups within Haringey.
Tutors and mentors are trained to develop and raise self-esteem. As a result, the Spurs Learning Zone provides a positive learning environment.
The following Haringey schools have taken part in Tottenham Hotspur’s Playing for Success scheme this term:
- Broadwater Farm
- St Pauls RC
- St Paul’s All Hallows