Young victims of violence across north London will be helped by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation in a pioneering new project.
The 12-month scheme will help youngsters through a sport-based project.
A member of the foundation’s staff will provide one-to-one mentoring for at least 40 young people in its initial phase.
The level of help provided will be determined on a case-by-case basis and young people can obtain training, education, volunteering and employment programmes through the club.
Group sessions will include workshops on topics relevant to the lives of young people such as anti-knife crime, conflict resolution, sexual health awareness, employment and sports development.
The scheme, called Your Futures, will be based at the emergency department at Whittington Hospital, which is used by patients from Enfield, Barnet and Haringey. The project is also supported by the Children in Need charity.
Grant Cornwell, chief executive of the foundation, said: “Your Futures uses the power of football to engage with some of the most vulnerable, disadvantaged and difficult-to-reach members of society and provides support and mentoring to help them into future training and employment opportunities.
“The foundation is passionate about creating programmes that help to change the lives of young people in our local communities.”
Steve Hitchins, chairman of Whittington Health NHS trust, said: “This programme is an important step forward in helping us to tackle a growing problem for young people across north London.
“We are grateful to the foundation and Children in Need for supporting this important project and we hope that it will help dozens of vulnerable young people to get the support they need to take the next steps in their lives.”
Last week marked a decade since the foundation, Spurs’ charitable body was officially launched.
Over the past 10 years it has tried to improve the educational attainment of local young people, promoting community development in deprived communities, encouragehealthier lifestyles and provide access to sport for people of all abilities.