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London's big football clubs seem many miles away from the communities in which they're based. Today, Tottenham tried to balance things out -- by announcing a job scheme exclusively for local people. Luke Hanrahan reports.
The Northumberland Development Project represents an investment of hundreds of millions of pounds into North Tottenham to create a world class regeneration scheme. They boast of significant benefits to come for the local community, based around an iconic new stadium and exceptional public space.
Former Spurs player and club ambassador Ledley King told ITV London that he wants to change the mindset of young, local people and get them to believe that they can achieve their dreams.
Working with Haringey Council, Job Centre Plus and Sainsbury’s, Tottenham Hotspur has created an employment partnership to carry out a programme of intervention and support to put local people in the best possible position to get access to the jobs and training.
The first phase of jobs, which will be at the new Sainsbury’s store, located in the Northumberland Development Project have already been filled by people who live within a three-mile radius of the new store, with more jobs being made available in the coming weeks prior to its opening in November.
Former Tottenham player Ledley King told a press conference this morning what great news the project is for the area and how he hopes it will help regenerate Tottenham.
The area was badly affected by the riots in 2011 when buildings were burnt down, shops looted and livelihoods lost.
The scheme aims to deliver a huge investment to the area; more community events, an improvement to the High Road - including the refurbishment of historic buildings - new homes and business opportunities as well as more jobs for local people.
- Just 61.2% of Tottenham residents are in employment: among the lowest 10% in England
- 21.1% of Tottenham residents claim some form of out of work benefits
- 7.4% of Tottenham residents claim Job Seekers AllowanceL among the 5% highest in England
- Northumberland Park, the ward where the project is based, has the second highest JSA claim rate in London
The first new jobs to come out of the Northumberland Development Project have been announced today at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
The project is a partnership between the Club, its Foundation, Job Centre Plus, the DWP and Sainsbury's.
200 jobs have been created at the Sainsbury's superstore for people who live within a 3 mile radius. The partnership say it's the start of a bigger employment drive, with 65 apprenticeships already in place or due to be filled in the next 12 months.