Younes Kaboul was a special guest as the achievements of local sports teams and clubs were rewarded at the fifth annual Haringey Celebrating Sports Awards at White Hart Lane.
Each year the awards celebrate the successes of sporting talent in Haringey, and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation saw projects and volunteers receive awards on the night.
Alfie Russell was awarded with ‘Disabled Volunteer of the Year’ and our Tennis programme with White Hart Lane Tennis Club won ‘Team of the Year’ for the Under 14 girls. All winners display the motivation and commitment continuously seen within the Foundation.
The awards also acknowledge the hard-working volunteers, sports organisations and clubs that work hard to ensure the success of the borough’s up-and-coming sports stars as well as those who take part in sport to stay healthy, or just for fun.
Younes Kaboul presented the Tottenham Hotspur-sponsored Awards on the night alongside Cllr Gina Adamou, Mayor of Haringey.
He said: “It was very important for me to represent the Club and all the winners deserved their awards. Grassroots sport was important for my career and played a big part in where I am today. I remember I had such good times when I was playing with my friends as a kid and as long as I was playing football, I was happy. My advice to the local sportspeople would be to keep believing in themselves, be natural and carry on doing what you do.”
Cllr Alan Strickland, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Social Inclusion, Haringey Council, said: “A consistent theme among sports clubs and sportspeople in Haringey is that a lot of their great work goes unnoticed. Similarly, there was a demand for a way to reward and recognise the sporting achievements of the people who live here. The Celebrating Sport Awards provides this ‘shop window’ in order to reward and recognise key individuals and organisations and promote sport and physical activity. I would like to thank the sponsors of the evening, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Pro Active North London, Haringey Sports Development Trust and Everyone’s a Winner for their generous support.”
Four winners in a new category of ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sport and Increasing Participation’ will be nominated to carry the Olympic Torch on part on its journey in 2012, including Glen Weaver, Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur Ladies.