New kit for Skills football team
Ledley King visited his Tottenham Hotspur Foundation project, Skills, in Tottenham last week to present its football teams with shiny new kit courtesy of the Club and Under Armour.
Skills has seen the transformation of a disused youth centre on White Hart Lane turned into a full-time sports and education hub for young people aged 12 - 19 years old to use every night of the week.
It provides a safe and positive environment to help steer young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour, as well as progress with school studies.
As an iconic figure and legendary former club captain, Ledley is able to use his unique appeal to inspire the young people and regularly visits the centre.
Run in partnership with Haringey Council and London Boxing Academy, Skills aims to engage with young people identified as, or at risk of becoming, NEET (not in education employment or training) through a range of evening sport sessions including football, tennis, boxing, table tennis and dance.
A daytime programme also helps support young people who have been excluded or are in a process that may lead to exclusion from school or college, providing them with an alternative learning environment in which to gain qualifications.
Through its term-time sessions and holiday programmes, Skills currently supports more than 500 young people living locally.
The project’s football team regularly compete in London-wide tournaments, taking on teams from other professional football club community schemes, including Crystal Palace, Barnet and Arsenal.
After presenting the kit, Ledley said: “I have spoken with the players in the Skills football team a number of times over the last few months and I know they are passionate about the game and love playing.
“I also hear they have had a decent season so getting this kit from the Club and Under Armour is just reward for their efforts.
“Hopefully it will give them a bit of pride when they walk out onto the pitch and encourage more young people from the area to come along to Skills and get involved.”
Richard Allicock, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Youth Engagement Officer, said: “After putting in a lot of hard work both on and off the pitch this season it was rewarding for the team to receive their new kit from Ledley.
“The kit gives the young people a real sense of self-worth, identity and pride when representing the Skills project.”
For more information about the Skills project, visit: tottenhamhotspur.com/foundation