Club celebrates educational achievements of young people in Haringey
Fri 15 November 2019, 10:20|Tottenham Hotspur
The Club recently recognised the accomplishments of local young people in care at the annual Educational Achievement Awards, held at the London Academy of Excellence, Tottenham.
Young players Alfie Whiteman and Jamie Bowden, both of whom grew up in the Tottenham area to progress through our Academy, made a special appearance to give out prizes and congratulate the youngsters.
The event, organised in partnership with the Haringey Virtual School of Children in Care, sees 11- to 16-year-olds nominated by their social workers, teachers, foster carers and key workers for awards across different categories, spanning education, community and personal attainment. Young people who have recently completed their GCSEs are also rewarded for their hard work.
The evening was hosted by Haringey youngsters Glody and Farouk, who introduced the theme of this year’s event, ‘balance’, and announced the winners. Goalkeeper Alfie and midfielder Jamie joined them on stage, along with the Mayor of Haringey, Sheila Peacock, and Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Zena Brabazon, to present the awards. Both Glody and Farouk won awards themselves, with the latter receiving a special mention for his outstanding GCSE results.
“I am incredibly proud of the work we do to support looked after children and care leavers in the community and it is a pleasure to be part of an event that recognises their potential, talent, and achievement,” said Sarah Ebanja, Chief Executive, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. “The Foundation looks forward to continuing to support these young people in pursuing their ambitions and in achieving as they progress.”
Nicola Morgan, Headteacher, Haringey Virtual School, said: “It has been fantastic to be here celebrating this special group of young people. At Haringey Virtual School, we’re committed to giving children in care the best possible support and opportunities to achieve their full potential in education. The event was such an uplifting celebration of all that our young people achieve and of the support that comes from so many around them.”
The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and the Haringey Virtual School continue to provide opportunities for Haringey’s looked after young people to participate in activities, events and workshops across London.
The Educational Achievement Awards form part of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s To Care Is To Do programme, which provides a range of support services to help children in care and care leavers in our local community. The project improves educational attainment, increases employability, develops life skills and promotes healthy and active lifestyles. Care leavers also take part in independent living activities, including money management, cooking and DIY workshops, and are signposted onto work experience, qualifications and job opportunities.