Scott launches partnership with local school
Scott Parker paid a visit to Nightingale Academy in Edmonton, Enfield, to help recruit the next year of intakes to a Sports and Exercise Sciences BTEC course, delivered in partnership with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
The midfielder’s visit highlighted the Foundation’s unique on-going partnership with the school, which has seen Foundation staff deliver a range of multi-sport and educational programmes.
The BTEC programme offers students aged 16 - 19 the opportunity to gain coaching and fitness science skills, which will support them in their journey on to further education or employment.
Scott took a tour of the Academy’s facilities before observing a football training session delivered by Tottenham Hotspur Foundation coaches.
After answering questions from year 11 pupils, Scott said: “My advice to you would be to keep working hard. I played football with a lot of kids who were just as talented as me growing up, but because they were not willing to work hard in everything they did, they perhaps didn’t achieve their full potential.
“The same goes for anyone wanting to take this course with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. It represents a great opportunity that you should make the most of as it could open up many doors within the sports industry.”
The Foundation also works with Nightingale Academy to help those pupils who need extra academic support in years 10 and 11 by offering I.T qualifications and employability skills. The Foundation also supports those students who find the learning environment challenging through workshops containing football and strong pastoral elements.
Since the projects have been running, teaching staff have recognised the advantages of having a Tottenham Hotspur Foundation staff member working day-to-day within the school, including increased levels of pupil attendance and attainment.
In addition, regular satellite Judo sessions are also held at the school, delivered in partnership between the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and Enfield Judo Club as part of the Premier League 4 Sport programme.
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Grant Cornwell, added: “We are extremely pleased to be working alongside Nightingale Academy to help support the school in its ambitions to become a real hub for the local community.
“The partnership will bring a range of benefits to local young people by providing them with a unique and innovative way of engaging them in both sport and education, which in turn we hope will help them continue on into higher education or into employment.”
For more information about the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, visit: tottenhamhotspur.com/foundation