Tottenham Hotspur is holding an online auction to provide mental health support to local school students.
The auction is taking place on Friday, 26th February, and prizes include: 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; a wide selection of shirts and boots signed by Spurs players, including Harry Kane, Gareth Bale and Hugo Lloris (both worn and unworn;, and a Skywalk (for four people) with club ambassador Ledley King.
Funds raised will go towards full-time mental health support for students 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 66% of its students winning places at Russell Group Universities following last year’s A-Level results, including six at Oxford and five at Cambridge.
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.
Jan Balon, headteacher, 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 prizes 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.”
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