Last chance to bid for signed Sonny and Moussa Sissoko match-worn items!
Auction to provide mental health support to local school students
Thu 25 February 2021, 16:06|Tottenham Hotspur
There are now just 24 hours left to place a bid in the Club's online auction for money-can’t-buy items to provide mental health support to local school students - hurry, don't miss out!
Online auction to provide mental health support to local school students
• On offer – Heung-Min Son’s match-worn boots from this season’s north London derby, Moussa Sissoko’s goalscoring shirt from the Carabao Cup semi-final and a Skywalk with Ledley King.
• Funds raised will go towards full-time mental health support for students at the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham.
• LAET’s students are aiming to achieve places at top Universities in the face of economic hardship and pressures.
Items on offer include
• Heung-Min Son’s match-worn boots from this season’s north London derby victory over Arsenal, in which the South Korean forward scored a memorable opening goal.
• Moussa Sissoko’s signed match-worn shirt from the Carabao Cup semi-final victory against Brentford, in which he scored the opening goal.
• Take on The Dare Skywalk with Ledley King* – this is an opportunity for four people looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush 46.8 metres above the pitch at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the company of a true Club legend and current First Team Assistant.
• A wide selection of shirts and boots signed by our players, including Harry Kane, Gareth Bale and Hugo Lloris, both worn and unworn.
Visit our eBay page for the full list of items on offer – the auction will run until 5pm UK on Friday 26 February.
Money raised will fund a full-time counselling provision at the London Academy of Excellence (LAE) Tottenham – the state-funded sixth form college based within the Club’s stadium development scheme.
Sponsored by Tottenham Hotspur and Highgate School, LAE Tottenham was recently named The Sunday Times Sixth Form College of the Year, with an incredible 66 per cent of its students winning places at Russell Group Universities following this year’s A-Level results, including six at Oxford and five at Cambridge. A further 10 students have been offered Oxbridge places in the next academic year, with more than 80 per cent holding offers to Russell Group Universities.
These achievements are made even more remarkable in the context of the school being situated within one of the two per cent most deprived wards in the country, with 63 per cent of students coming from the lowest two social groups – being described as living in “struggling estates” or “difficult circumstances” – using the ACORN tool for socio-economic analysis.
Meanwhile, 51 per cent have been eligible for free school meals during secondary school, compared with the national average of 28 per cent for all schools and just 4.5 per cent for selective schools.
Around 200 school families are currently being supported by a hardship fund established by the school.
Full-time mental health support will help students cope with the pressures of A-Levels and continue to achieve their dreams in the face of challenging personal circumstances.
Jan Balon, Head Teacher, LAE Tottenham, said: “Good mental health is fundamental to be able to thrive in life. The level of support required in this area is growing – both due to increased student numbers and demand for these services – and, to reduce waiting times, we need additional counselling provision to support young people suffering from the effects of the pandemic.
“COVID-19 has exacerbated existing inequalities and many members of our student body have experienced extreme financial hardship, parental job losses and bereavements in their immediate family. We want to make sure we can best support them through this period to help them to thrive at and beyond LAE Tottenham.”
Donna-Maria Cullen, Executive Director, Tottenham Hotspur, said: “This is a cause that is close to the hearts of everyone at the Club – as has been displayed by the incredible generosity of our players in donating such high value items to this auction.
“We are extremely proud of LAE Tottenham’s staff and students for achieving such incredible results in recent years and want to ensure our local young people continue to be given the best possible support alongside their studies during these difficult times.”
*Skywalk will be redeemed when COVID-19 guidelines allow.