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Haringey's young athletes given £20k boost

Tom Huddlestone presented a cheque for £20,000 on behalf of the Club to Haringey Sports Development Trust at an event held at Greig City Academy, Hornsey, on Thursday.

Tom Huddlestone presented a cheque for £20,000 on behalf of the Club to Haringey Sports Development Trust at an event held at Greig City Academy, Hornsey, on Thursday.

Spurs have been allocated the funding through the Premier League's Creating Chances ‘Places for Players' scheme, that allows all 20 top flight clubs in the country the opportunity to donate this large some of money to a charity of their choice.

Haringey Sports Development Trust, which aims to advance the education of young people in the Borough's schools through sporting provision, were our chosen recipients.

The money will go towards funding Haringey's young athletes at this summer's London Youth Games - an annual event involving competition between all 33 London Boroughs in a range of sports.

Tom met a number of Haringey sportspeople and took part in sessions of Basketball, Badminton and disability sport Boccia alongside them.

He said:
"Everybody at the Club recognises the importance of our local community, especially Haringey where we are based. This is shown by the extensive work already being carried out in the area by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. So, when given the chance to donate this generous sum of money by the Premier League, a Haringey-based charity was the obvious choice. As a professional sportsman, I can appreciate the work of the Haringey Sports Development Trust in providing young athletes from the Borough the best possible chance to enjoy and compete in their chosen sports. Long may their work continue and good luck to Team Haringey at the London Youth Games."

Having re-entered the London Youth Games in 1996, Team Haringey has made progress across a range of sports, finishing 11th out of 33 Boroughs in the 2009 rankings and thus achieveing it's highest ever London Youth Games placing.

Notable successes have been in Basketball, with Team Haringey scooping Gold in the women's competition for the last 10 years running and in the men's competition for the last three years.

Team Haringey currently boasts England international competitors in both disciplines, as well as tennis and badminton, and a number of these athletes were present at Greig City on Thursday.

As well as helping build on this success, Tottenham Hotspur's charitable donation will fund the following:

- A disabilities coaching programme in Athletics, Boccia and Football to improve skills and increase participation in the Borough's Special Needs Schools.
- Brand new Team Haringey T-Shirts and Sweatshirts for competitors
- Further coaching across eight different sports

Burk Gravis, Chief Executive Officer of the Haringey Sports Development Trust, said:

"This additional funding and support will be of immense value as it will mean increased participation in many of the sports, additional coaching will be offered with increased promotion in schools, and greater opportunities will be made available for youngsters in the Borough, especially in the area of Disability Sport. The Trust will also be looking to improve standards and skills of the competitors, helping them to compete and achieve on a team and personal level."

Cllr Lorna Reith, Haringey Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:

"We have some extremely talented young athletes in Haringey and the demonstrations at this event were fantastic. Our young sportsmen and women are full of ambition, so it is great news that they have been given the financial support they need to achieve their goals."