Jermain catches up with E18HTEEN
Jermain Defoe welcomed 12 young people from his Tottenham Hotspur Foundation project, E18hteen, to the Club’s training ground in Enfield.
The striker is a positive role model and mentor to the group of 16-19 year olds, all of whom are, or have been, in care.
E18HTEEN works with four local boroughs, Haringey, Enfield, Waltham Forest and Barnet, assigning each young person a full-time mentor over a two year period.
On their visit to the training ground, JD heard about the group’s achievements through the project over the past months, which included gaining qualifications and securing paid employment.
Jermain then took time to take part in a question and answer session, and talked to the group about his rise to the top of the game.
Each young person has been identified to participate in the programme by Local Authority ‘Virtual Schools of Children in Care’, with the objective of keeping them in or getting them back into training, education and employment and ultimately preparing them for independence and adulthood.
The project offers individually tailored learning and development programmes with free access to 18 separate education, training and life skill workshops along with the chance to take part in sports and physical activity delivered by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
Jermain said: “It’s always great to see the young people and hear about what they’ve been up to. It’s amazing to think about what E18HTEEN has achieved as a project.
“I fully understand the difficulties that exist for young people who have been in care, so it’s important that the Club uses its unique position to be able to offer them an opportunity in life.
“It’s good for me to talk about some of my life experiences and let them know that I’m just like them, and that hard work and dedication has got me to where I am today.”
For further information about the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and the E18hteen project visit: tottenhamhotspur.com/foundation