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Study Centre opened by Education Secretary

Posted on 1 November 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

The Rt. Hon. Charles Clarke MP, recently appointed Secretary of State for Education and Skills, opened our Study Support Centre at the Lane yesterday.

Part of the Government's 'Playing for Success' initiative, the centre has been opened with the support of the football club and Haringey Council to improve literacy, numeracy and ICT skills for local children using football as the motivating factor.

The Secretary of State joined members of the current first team squad at Tottenham to officially open the centre that has already seen over 200 children graduate from its 10-week courses.

With state-of-the-art IT facilities and a one of the biggest names in football as its backdrop, the centre provides a unique alternative learning environment for pupils needing to boost core education skills.

Mr Clarke commented: "I'm delighted to officially launch this centre at Tottenham today. It demonstrated the value of partnership between schools and the community."

With joint funding from Central Government, Haringey Local Education Authority and Tottenham Hotspur, the north London club operates one of around 30 similar 'Playing for Success' projects across the country.

Centre manager, Anna Rimington commented: "It is fantastic to have the Minister open the Centre. The Club is totally committed to ensuring local children become involved with the Club and this initiative is a great way to help boost their skills using a football environment.

"We try to take a different approach in teaching core skills and have already seen excellent results.

"The football angle heightens enthusiasm for subjects that pupils may find a little 'dry' in the normal classroom environment."

Children taking part in the after-school classes attend a graduation at the end of the term where each pupil receives a certificate for their participation. Footballers from the Club are often present to give out the certificates in front of the children's family and friends.