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Ben Davies encourages leadership in the classroom

Fri 18 January 2019, 15:50|Tottenham Hotspur

Ben Davies visited Riverside School, a special needs school on White Hart Lane, to join ‘So Lead’, a programme run by the Club’s Foundation which supports youngsters with learning disabilities in schools and colleges in the Borough.

The programme, which is part funded by the Premier League and People’s Postcode Lottery, uses sport and physical activity to help young people with complex needs develop and hone their leadership skills, whilst helping themselves and others stay physically active.

Foundation staff deliver the ‘Go Lead Award’, a nationally recognised and accredited leadership course, which helps young people gain a new understanding of how they can use leadership skills in their day-to-day lives, and gives them the knowledge, skills and competencies to lead a basic activity session.

Ben joined a classroom workshop where he helped the teenagers identify qualities that make a good leader and coach. He then assisted the participants as they delivered a practical sports session to their peers and put their newly learnt skills to the test.

In addition to ‘So Lead’, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation staff deliver weekly physical activities such as basketball, boccia, curling and wheelchair football for disabled students aged between 5–24 years old in schools and colleges across Haringey.

Ben said: “It’s important that the Club’s Foundation support our local community, especially those with learning and physical disabilities. Sports leadership courses such as these are a great way of giving these youngsters the opportunity to learn new skills, help grow their confidence and self-esteem.”

Gareth Jones, Equalities and Inclusion Manager, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “Our programmes are designed to help people with physical and learning disabilities living in Haringey have regular access to sport and physical exercise. We deliver a range of adapted games and activities to meet the needs of the participants, and work with them on a one to one basis to ensure they reach their full potential whilst having fun at the same time.”