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Gareth rewards the graduates!

Wed 09 December 2009, 12:00|Tottenham Hotspur

Gareth Bale was on hand to reward the latest group of graduates from the Haringey Playing for Success scheme at White Hart Lane.

Gareth Bale was on hand to reward the latest group of graduates from the Haringey Playing for Success scheme at White Hart Lane.

The defender gave out the certificates to children from various Haringey schools who have taken part in the educational programme at the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's state-of-the-art Spurs Learning Zone during the Winter Autumn Term.

Gareth said: "The ceremony was a great way in which to reward children who have worked hard this term. It's fantastic that the Club holds such an event and welcomes so many local youngsters through its doors to come and learn at a place like White Hart Lane throughout the year. I was privileged to be part of it and meet all the graduates."

Dave Lyall, Tottenham Hotspur's Playing for Success co-ordinator, added: "Playing for Success is an inspirational project. The children attending this term have made incredible progress, not just in their academic levels but in self-esteem too. You can see them buzzing with excitement when they come through the gates of the Club. Graduation is the icing on the cake for them and really celebrates their achievements."

Playing for Success is part of a national initiative co-ordinated by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, which uses out-of-hours learning to raise attainment at Key Stage Two & Three in literacy and numeracy.

Over 20 Haringey schools each year have the opportunity to send pupils to the Tottenham Hotspur's Playing for Success, and pupils attend two-hour sessions each week for a total of ten weeks, during which they are offered a unique educational experience where skills taught in school are enhanced and developed.

Each session is delivered by a trained teacher and assisted by a team of dedicated Learning Mentors, who are recruited locally and represent the balance of ethnic groups within Haringey.

Tutors and mentors are trained to develop and raise self-esteem. As a result, the Spurs Learning Zone provides a positive learning environment.

The following Haringey schools have taken part in Tottenham Hotspur's Playing for Success scheme this term:

Primary Schools:
- Lancasterian Primary
- Broadwater Farm Primary
- St Paul's RC Primary
- St Paul's & All Hallows Primary

Secondary Schools
- St Thomas More School
- Fortismere School
- Northumberland Park Community School.
- John Loughborough School