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Tottenham And Everton Help Launch Leadership Through Sport Initiative

Wed 24th Oct 2012 | Football Governance

A new charity aimed at harnessing the unifying nature of Sport to bridge connections within society has been officially launched with 27 participants in London and Liverpool.

Leadership through Sport has been set up to inspire energy and drive in young people who would not usually have the opportunity to develop business, entrepreneurial and leadership skills. Through Sports Coaching and education the programme will equip young people to build successful careers and become tomorrow’s community leaders.

The programme provides business and sports coaching qualifications, a mentoring programme and the opportunity to put what is learnt to the test through work placements with financial institutions and local community sports coaching projects.

The sporting elements of the programme have been devised (and are being implemented) by Tottenham Hotspur and Everton - two clubs at the leading edge of community work in the UK. The clubs’ official charities, Everton in the Community and the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, will provide the sports coaching elements and a mentoring programme for the participants.

Grant Conrnwell MBE, Chief Executive Officer of Tottenham Hotspur Foundation said: “At Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, we recognise the unique role we have in our community in terms of being able to use the appeal of football to drive up levels of employability and social mobility amongst young people.

“We believe our work with Leadership through Sport can provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young people to make the most of their passion for sport by gaining vital coaching qualifications with us, while also developing their business skills and acting as positive role models for others.”

Echoing Grant’s view, Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Chief Executive Officer of Everton in the Community, added: “Everton in the Community is committed to creating life-changing opportunities for young people on Merseyside.

“The Leadership through Sport programme will offer our young people another route to economic prosperity and equip them with the right skills for the modern workplace. We are delighted to be involved in the Leadership through Sport programme.”

David Pinchin, Chairman of Leadership Through Sport commented: “To use sports and business together to help bridge connections within society and help talented young people become leaders is a challenge that is very close to my heart.

“Leadership through Sport will help highly motivated young people, who may not have the opportunity to follow a traditional route into Further or Higher Education, by providing them with the skills they will need to become leaders in their communities.

“Our aim is to show that a group of young men and women from a multitude of backgrounds can rise to the top of businesses, communities and society as a whole. 

“I have been moved by how much support we have received from the City, the sporting community and academia to get to this stage. This is only the beginning – with support we will endeavour to ensure that the first year’s intake will become the ambassadors we need to help expand the programme further in the future”.

Leadership Through Sport is an inclusive programme for young people between 18-24 years of age in London and Liverpool. Visit one of the following websites for more information:

 

Image: White Hart Lane, Leadership Through Football

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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