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The gloves are on for Sports Minister in Tottenham!

Posted on 13 July 2009  - 12:00

Minister for Sport, Gerry Sutcliffe MP, paid a special visit to White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre on Monday.

The gloves are on for Sports Minister in Tottenham!

Minister for Sport, Gerry Sutcliffe MP, paid a special visit to White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre on Monday.

He took part in a boxing training session, run by coaches from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, with children from local school Woodside High.

Mr Sutcliffe was in Tottenham to celebrate the success of Sports Unlimited, a Sport England-funded programme.

A total of 177,358 young people have completed 10-week sports courses in the first year of Sport Unlimited, which aims to get more youngsters playing sport outside of school.

Over three years, it aims to inspire and help 900,000 young people to do more sport - playing a key role in delivering a lasting participation legacy from London 2012.

As well as the boxing sessions, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation also delivered football coaching on the day, while Sport England themselves ran sessions in tennis and handball.

The Foundation run sports provision on a daily basis at the White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre as part of its extensive Community Development programme.

Sport Unlimited funding has contributed towards the running of Foundation programmes, including girls' roller-skating project Tottenham Hotwheels.

Mr Sutcliffe said: "We want more and more young people to get involved in sport in the run up to London 2012.

"Sport Unlimited is a fantastic scheme that can help us achieve that. It is bringing thousands of young people into sport who might have thought it was not for them.

"Not only is it giving them a passion for sport but it is encouraging them to join local clubs which can help drive lifelong participation."