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Ladies boss gives school team talk

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Spurs Ladies manager Jackie Fearon was this week invited to speak to the children of Oakthorpe Primary School about her experiences as part of their Black History month activities.

Having played for the club for ten years and captained the side, the natural progression was to step up into management and as the first black woman manager in the history of Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC, Jackie told the school assemblies of her footballing career, starting when she was a girl of 6 with her brothers.

Jackie said, "It is a great honour to be asked to kick off the Black History Month at the school, where they are concentrating on the role of black people in sport. The children’s understanding of the history of the subject is very comprehensive and the whole idea is impressive in bringing the subject to life in an enjoyable way."

Some of the children appeared dressed as their black sporting heroes, covering the ages from Jesse Owens to Lennox Lewis. They learned of the perseverance of these athletes to succeed despite the barriers put in their way.

Headteacher and Spurs fan Geof Cumner-Price added: "At Oakthorpe School we know ‘we can do it’ and the determination of the black sports personalities we have studied has been a real inspiration and maybe, one day, one of our scholars will be a sports star of the future, with their part acted out in an assembly. It is all about belief."

With young players Dom Clarke and Ruth Yonatan, who at the age of 17 have already established themselves in the first team at Tottenham Hotspur Ladies, the school children were made aware of the opportunities in sport and the chances for players from all parts of the community to take part in the game.

The school also invited GB 110m hurdler Tony Jarrett in to give a talk about his career and then sports training sessions were planned to tie in with their learning.