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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FOUNDATION LAUNCH - CREATING OPPORTUNITIES THAT CHANGE LIVES

Posted on 29 January 2007  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club today launched the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation – an independent charity to oversee the Club’s work in the community.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club today launched the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation – an independent charity to oversee the Club’s work in the community.· £4.5m investment from Club
· Community-based programme offering half a million sporting opportunities to young people

The excellent work of the Club’s community scheme resulted in the achievement of charitable status and the new Tottenham Hotspur Foundation will look to deliver 500,000 sporting opportunities to children and young people in and around North London - a 25% increase from the 400,000 delivered last year.

The Foundation launches with significant support and long-term funding from the Club. The total commitment is £4.5m, which represents 6% of THFC’s annual turnover.

Tottenham Hotspur Plc’s Chairman, Daniel Levy, said: ‘The Club is delighted to support the Foundation. It is a tangible and important demonstration of our commitment to communities. To be awarded charitable status is an indication of the high-calibre programming we offer and the role we play in local communities. It is also a statement of intent, recognising our desire to be a forward-thinking, expansive and inclusive football club. We are determined to see the programme grow to become one of the most innovative and extensive, nationally and internationally.’

The Foundation’s award-winning schemes use the power of football to encourage young people to reach their full potential through the promotion of healthy lifestyles and educational attainment.

Kathryn Robinson, Chief Executive of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation said, ‘We have massive support for this project from the Club’s board of Directors, the players, fans, the local community and the wider football world and we are immensely proud of what is a very bold move forward. The new funding will enable us to immediately expand our schemes. The power of football to inspire and engage young people should never be underestimated.”

Spurs captain Ledley King said, “I never need any convincing about the value of this work to kids of all ages and walks of life in our community. Every time I attend an event I can’t help thinking how great it would have been to have had something like this when I was growing up. The whole squad is fully-committed to giving time and effort to the programmes and it is a fantastic way to put our pool monies to good use.”