Our current right-back and legendary former captain were manning the tills and serving food and drink at the new catering kiosk at the stadium, which will be used on matchdays to raise funds for the Foundation.
The joint initiative with the Club’s catering partner, Centerplate, will see volunteers from the local community working at the kiosk during home games throughout the season. By using volunteers to run the kiosk, Centerplate will donate savings made from staff costs to support the Foundation’s employment and skills programmes.
While supporting a good cause, the scheme is a valuable opportunity for young people to gain work experience and skills within the hospitality industry which can help when applying for future employment.
Volunteers were taking part in an induction and training exercise before the kiosk opens for the first time at Saturday’s game against Liverpool.
After learning the ropes, Kyle and Ledley tried their hand at serving some light refreshments to volunteers before testing out the new-found skills of the young people.
Kyle said: “It’s been great to meet all of the volunteers here today – they’re hard workers and I know they’ll do everything they can to make the kiosk a success when we play Liverpool this weekend. Their customer service skills were spot on.
“If anyone is based in the North Stand this weekend, I’d urge them to visit the Kiosk to help raise funds for a good cause – Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.”
Ledley said: “It’s not as easy as it looks working behind the counter and I wish the guys the best of luck during what’s expected to be a busy day at the Lane on Saturday.
“It’s a positive initiative which will give young people the chance to gain some valid work experience which they can put on their CV as well as helping the Foundation.”
Darius, a volunteer who will be among the first to work in the kiosk, said: “We were getting a heads-up on what we will be doing on Saturday when Kyle Walker and Ledley King came to meet us, which was pretty amazing!
“The kiosk is a great chance for me to get experience in an industry which I would like to work in. Being able to say that I’ve volunteered for a company like Tottenham Hotspur will be a big selling point which I can put on my CV.”
Leah, also a volunteer, said: “I’m a huge Spurs fan so it was amazing to meet Kyle and Ledley today. I was a bit nervous but once we got talking, I was fine.
“Working at the kiosk involves so many different skills – from being able to cope under pressure, communicate and work the tills.
“I’ve already told some of my friends about the scheme because I think it’s really important for all young people to get involved in volunteering opportunities and to gain new skills. The Club and Foundation do a lot for the community so it’s great to be able to be a part of this too.”
The Volunteering Kiosk will be situated on the Lower Concourse of the North Stand at White Hart Lane and will be open for the first time this Saturday.
If you’d like to volunteer your time in the kiosk to fundraise for Tottenham Hotspur Foundation please email Mathijs.Leenhouts@tottenhamhotspur.com