TOTTENHAM UNIVERSITY PROJECT WAS BOUNCING - WITH SUPPORT FROM #TEAMHARINGEY6
Haringey Sixth Form College is a key supporter and participant of the Tottenham University Project - now in its fourth year.
The college hosted the launch of the event and next year we are sponsoring the pupils’ journals. All seven primary schools in Tottenham, N17 take part in the project - 140 children in total. We attend, facilitate and support speaker events.
This week our outstanding basketballer's and Coach Franck took centre stage at St Francis de Sales Catholic Infant and Junior School.
The pupil's had to ask the basketballer's questions (three from each school on the themes of working hard to achieve goals, personal sacrifices, the importance of friends/families, the importance of role models, feedback advice and personal heroes).
· Lancasterian Primary School
· St Paul's and All Hallows Junior School
· Risley Avenue Primary School
· Devonshire Hill Primary School
· Brook House Primary School
· Lea Valley Primary School
· St Francis de Sales Catholic Infant and Junior School
The energy projected from the Haringey Hawks/H6 Basketball Academy players was amazing and every single piece of advice that they gave the pupils was invaluable. It was extremely heart-warming and inspiring to see how engaged and enthusiastic the primary school pupils were throughout the whole event. The pupils were all taking notes and asking more and more questions – the level of questioning was exceptional from all the KS1/KS2 pupils. Very impressive!
One pupil asked 'What obstacles did you have to overcome to become so good at basketball?'. Team player, Franklin answered by saying 'I moved teams so I had to get to know everyone in a short space of time but all the players have now become my good friend's'.
Another fantastic question that was asked by another pupil was 'How dedicated do you have to be to play basketball?' Team player, Owen answered this by saying 'Every day, I travel over 2 hours in the morning and the same in the evening to get to and from college. It's hard work and sometimes tiring but it is worth it because it means I get to play with great team members, while also getting a good education outside of basketball. It keeps me focused.'
One pupil posed the question to Coach Frank - 'As a coach, what do you think are the most important characteristics a player needs to have?' Coach Franck summed up his response by saying - 'Passion, dedication and having the right attitude are always needed if you want to be successful.'
The event finished off with all the pupil's participating in mini-games in order for one to win a basketball signed by the Haringey Hawks/H6 Basketball Academy team players. There was also a demonstration of basketball skills & photo opportunities.
Russ Lawrance, Haringey Sixth Form College Principal & CEO and a keen sportsman added - 'These boys and their coach are outstanding role models and ambassadors. They epitomise the values of the college. They really do strive for excellence in everything they do. They are dedicated young sportsmen achieving great things within their sport. I am very proud to be associated with these boys and Franck, both as a person as well as their College Principal. I am sure the primary schools were inspired by their presence.'
A massive well done to the players for their positive input in the community, led by Coach Frank.
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