Last week, the Community games provided Tottenham pupils the chance to participate in sports such as street dancing, boxing, dodgeball, athletics, basketball and the Paralympic sport, boccia under the guidance of Lendlease volunteers and coaches from Haringey’s community sports clubs. While the teams were encouraged to compete, the games’ focus was on team spirit, fair play and enthusiasm, for which there was also trophy.
Students from local secondary school Duke’s Aldridg were provided mentoring opportunities as they helped lead younger the pupils in these games. Young leader David, aged 13 from Duke’s Aldridge Academy spoke positively of his experience, saying “I’ve learnt you can’t just say you don’t like something without trying it. You’ve got to give it a go!”
“The children participating really got into the spirit of the games and it was very rewarding seeing them grow in confidence and get stuck into sports they had never tried before,” she said.
Three new sports clubs will be set up at the schools as a result and the Young Leaders will continue on a 6-week skills programme before taking up work experience opportunities with Lendlease in the Summer tearm.