Our legendary former captain and now Club Ambassador, Ledley surprised the young people - given tickets to the game as a reward for their hard work - by presenting them with a certificate pitchside during half time.
The traineeship is designed to give 16-18 year olds not in education or employment a taste of what it is like to work at Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and the different types of careers available within the sports industry.
The initiative, run in partnership with B2B Engage Ltd, forms part of the Club’s on-going commitment to generating education and employment opportunities for the local community.
Over the course of 12 weeks the seven participants were placed with one of the Employment and Skills, Health and Wellbeing or Community Development teams at the Foundation where they shadowed members of staff to learn about roles and responsibilities involved in delivering programmes to the community. This also provided a platform to gain valuable work experience.
Mixing practical sessions with classroom-based exercises, the trainees took part in a series of role play activities designed to equip each participant with the customer service skills needed to handle a range of scenarios that could arise when managing a community event.
Some of the trainees also assisted with admin duties at the Foundation and supported the marketing team in designing and creating materials to promote upcoming events.
Malik Yansaneh, 18, who completed the traineeship, said: “I’ve gained so much from this experience and I’ve certainly matured a lot. Now, instead of talking all the time, I listen to what people have to say and take on board the advice they are giving. The traineeship has given me a broader understanding of how a football club works – it’s not just about football, it’s about understanding and helping the needs of the local community.”
Tyron Prendergast, 18, said: “The programme has taught me about the importance of being confident in your own abilities because if you have no confidence then it makes it harder for you to reach your goals. I’ve picked up lots of new skills on how community sports coaches perform and engage with people and I hope to one day secure employment as a community coach."
The Traineeship is designed to give young people who are not in education, employment or training an opportunity to gain the skills and qualifications needed to secure future employment.
If you are interested in signing up for the next traineeship at Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, which starts on September 21, please contact Mathijs.Leenhouts@tottenhamhotspur.com.