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PL4S success!

Premier League 4 Sport at Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has recently experienced success in both Volleyball and Table Tennis competitions.

Premier League 4 Sport at Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has recently experienced success in both Volleyball and Table Tennis competitions.

The Volleyball England National Premier League Tournament took place in early July at Sandwell Valley Park Farm, West Midlands, and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation were represented in the Under 16 boys tournament.

The team, made up of students from St Thomas More Catholic School in Haringey, played impressively throughout the day and were crowned National Champions after a strong display in the final.

Medals were presented to them by Siobhan Atkinson, Premier League Community Development Executive, and Andrew Liney, Sport England Intervention Manager, and the team had their photos taken with members of the Great Britain Women’s Volleyball team, Grace Carter, Rachel Laybourne and Megan Viggars.

Siobhan Atkinson said: “The Premier League 4 Sport National Volleyball tournament was a great success. To see how the event has grown in 12 months both in terms of the numbers of teams entered and the standard of play was fantastic. It was a superb day out for all the young people, coaches and young officials. The chance to pull on the shirt of their respective Premier League club and compete against all the other teams will no doubt stay in their memory for a long time. Good to see the winners in each age group all coming from different clubs, I hope we can continue to build upon the success of the competition as we head into 2012 and continue to inspire young people about playing sport and the Olympics.”

The Table Tennis team at the Foundation’s hub club, Ellenborough Table Tennis, also experienced success at the London Youth Games.

And the male squad, consisting of Daniel Wright, Sam Cowan, Vincent Stacey and Ryan Gaveglia, played a key role in helping Enfield finish ninth out of the 33 competing London boroughs.

Cowan and Wright were selected to face Wandsworth in the final and they did their borough proud by winning a fantastic and hard fought match to secure the gold medal.

The girls’ team, consisting of Eda Aydi, Samantha Lai, Denise Payet and Jasmine Chai, also impressed as they took bronze.

Liam Hope, Premier League 4 Sport Coordinator at Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “The recent successes at both Sandwell and at the London Youth Games has been great for the project as a whole. It has really shown how far some of our participants have come in a short space of time as well as proving a huge testament to the hard work of our coaches on the programme. The project is about introducing new participants to these sports but another key element is providing a pathway into structured competition and an environment to succeed. It is an Olympic legacy-themed programme so maybe some of these recent successes could lead on to bigger things in the not too distant future!”

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Premier League 4 Sport programme continues to expand and engage hundreds of young people within the community. Encouraging participation in physical activity, and specifically Table Tennis, Volleyball, Judo and Badminton is the aim of the project and creates opportunities for young people to develop in sports within a competitive and fun environment.