Foundation to offer Duke of Edinburgh Award to young people
11 September 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has signed a licence agreement with The Duke of Edinburgh's Award London Regional Office to deliver the programme as part of its youth engagement work.
Over the next three years, the award-winning Foundation will be committed to providing 250 young people aged 14-24 with a life-changing opportunity to complete the Award.
Participants must undertake voluntary work, take part in physical activity, practice a skill and go on an expedition of their own choosing in order to achieve an Award.
As well as being highly valued by institutes of further and higher education and employers, taking part in a DofE programme fosters non-formal learning such as leadership and teamwork skills, the ability to plan and organise and the opportunity to set and accomplish goals.
The programme will complement the existing work Tottenham Hotspur Foundation already does in using the unique appeal of the Football Club to help improve the educational achievements and employability of over 1,500 young people in the local communities of Haringey, Enfield, Waltham Forest and Barnet.
Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award to recognise the accomplishments of young people participating in our programmes.
"The experience and skills gained by participants will further their opportunity to access pathways in education, employment and training and steers them away from potential unemployment.”
Mat Barnett, Operations Manager for DofE in the London Region, said: “I’m extremely pleased to begin working with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. We are looking to greatly expand the work we do with London’s football clubs as we recognise the great contribution they make to young people in the capital. It’s brilliant that Spurs are leading the way in this.”
The DofE programme will be available to young people participating in flagship Tottenham Hotspur Foundation projects such as E18HTEEN and Skills, which are endorsed respectively by England striker Jermain Defoe and Club Ambassador Ledley King.