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Foundation turning lives around

04 August 2015|Tottenham Hotspur

Young offenders coming to the end of their court orders are being helped to gain vital skills and qualifications to secure employment thanks to a week-long project delivered by Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and Haringey Youth Offending Service.

The 20 participants were referred by their case workers to the Foundation’s community development team where they completed a number of tasks, gained a Level One Extended Award in Employment Skills and were signposted on to positive opportunities within the local community.

Paul Hannaford, who has won numerous awards for his work in educating young people about the dangers of drugs and crime, delivered an inspirational workshop for participants about drug, crime and alcohol misuse.

A series of football sessions and a Duke of Edinburgh expedition activity saw the young people work with the Foundation to develop their team building skills.

At the end of the week, all participants visited the Foundation’s jobs fair where they received support with CV writing and advice about the types of careers and training courses available within the borough.


Jason, who successfully completed the activities this week, said: “Listening to Paul Hannaford’s talk made me realise how making the wrong decisions at a young age can have such a big impact on the rest of your life.”

Another participant, Malik, said: “The trip to Epping Forest for the Duke of Edinburgh task was the highlight of the week. I enjoyed working together as a group, using our maps and handling the compass to make it to the finishing point.”

Grant Cornwell, CEO, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “Giving young offenders the chance to access programmes such as this can be extremely beneficial when they complete their orders and are applying for work – employers will see that although they have a criminal record these young people are trying to steer their lives towards a more positive future. Gaining the range of qualifications that we offer also means they have something tangible that they can put on their CV.”

For more information about Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s community development programmes please visit