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THF goes Beyond Sport

Posted on 10 July 2009  - 12:00

A delegation from the Beyond Sport global initiative, including World Cup ambassador and former Premier League star Lucas Radebe, paid a visit to White Hart Lane in July to observe the workings of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

THF goes Beyond Sport

A delegation from the Beyond Sport global initiative, including World Cup ambassador and former Premier League star Lucas Radebe, paid a visit to White Hart Lane in July to observe the workings of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

Beyond Sport is a global initiative which seeks to unearth, celebrate and support the world's most inspirational sports projects, people, and organisations that drive positive change through sport.

The delegation, which included figures from a variety of sporting organisations, were greeted at The Lane by Spurs legend Gary Mabbutt, as well as Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, and Anna Rimington, the Foundation's Teaching & Learning Advisor.

After an introduction to the Club and a presentation on the workings of the Foundation, the guests were given a tour of White Hart Lane stadium.

During this, the Beyond Sport delegates visited the Spurs Learning Zone, a state-of-the-art classroom facility at the stadium used by thousands of Haringey schoolchildren throughout the year.

They were also taken to the stadium's kitchens, where the Foundation currently run one of their newer projects, Kick & Cook, which teaches local kids how to prepare healthy meals from scratch.

Gary Mabbutt in the Spurs Learning Zone

Grant Cornwell said: "It was a pleasure for all at the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to welcome Beyond Sport and its delegates to White Hart Lane. We are delighted that an organisation with the reputation of Beyond Sport has taken the time during a busy week to acknowledge our work.

"Here at the Foundation we aim to create opportunities that change lives for all members of our community, and we hope we were able to demonstrate the positive impact a football club can have on its local area."

Radebe, formerly of Leeds United and the most capped player in South African football history, said: "It's an honour for me to be involved in an initiative like Beyond Sport, especially when my work with them gives me the opportunity to see some of the things I have seen at White Hart Lane.

"I must admit I was very impressed with the work of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. Spurs makes great use of its facilities to inspire local kids and make them feel part of the Club. The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation clearly has a positive influence on its local community."

The visit was part of this week's Beyond Sport Summit in London, where selected community projects will have the opportunity to interact with Beyond Sport's extensive network of international sports organisations, corporate companies, influential political figures, and world leaders.