The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's Kickz programme, which provides local young people with positive activities and social development opportunities, has beaten off competition from across the country to be nominated under a number of categories at the national Kickz Awards, taking place at Wembley Stadium tonight.
Tottenham Hotspur has been shortlisted in five categories and nominees include Richard Allicock (pictured below, centre left) for Inspiring Young People, Laura Ginietaite (pictured beneath) for the Alternative Achievement Award and Jo Jo Mayinwis Clarke (pictured right) for the V Volunteer Award.
A number of nominations from Spurs have been singled out to be Highly Commended, including Leslie McCarthy for Young Personality of the Year and Courtney Robinson for Personal Achievement. Most impressively, Tottenham Hotspur has been shortlisted for the chance to win the highly prized overall Club Achievement Award.
First Team manager Harry Redknapp recently visited one of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's eight Kickz projects across north-east London, and said:
"The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and the coaches at Kickz do a great job in the community. The kids love going along and playing football and that's what it's all about. There's some great potential in the young people that attend Kickz and if they work hard enough, they can achieve anything in life."
The Kickz Awards will showcase the most inspiring young individuals who have made a difference to their community as part of the Kickz programme. Partner work behind the scenes and staff who have been inspirational in the lives of the participants they work with will also be celebrated.
Nationally, Kickz has over 30,000 registered participants aged 12-18, living in challenging, deprived communities across the country. The Kickz programme itself was recently named Best Community Programme 2009, at the prestigious national Sport Industry Awards.
Kickz was born out of discussions between the Metropolitan Police and Premier League who, along with the Football Foundation, are the primary national partners. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) are also involved in order to represent the interests of other constabularies around the country. 17 other forces are involved in Kickz nationally. The 39 professional football clubs from the Premier League and Football League are delivering over 100 projects in partnership with the Police and local authorities across the country.
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