In a new partnership from William Hill and Tottenham Hotspur, the North London businesses plan to support young people from the local community.
Headquartered in Wood Green, William Hill has provided the neighbouring football club with a £100,000 grant to develop the Tottenham Hotspur Elevator Programme.
The scheme will be run by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation in collaboration with the bookmaker, providing youngsters aged 18-24 in the Haringey area with education, training and opportunities that will support, and provide access to, employment and work experience.
Real Business visited the club in January to see how the development of the new club is coming along, and what to expect when it’s completed.
During our time there, we heard from executive director Donna-Maria Cullen, who said: “During construction, we are working with the local community. We have a lot of committees and regularly engage with them.
“We’re here and have a responsibility to the local community. We’re the biggest employer and biggest economic driver.”
As part of that responsibility and commitment, some 3,500 new jobs are expected to be created in line with the opening of the stadium.
The union of William Hill and Tottenham Hotspur is in line with the former’s Close to Home scheme, which supports community initiatives.
According to the pair, those participating in the Elevator scheme will have access to:
- Over 100 traineeships and employment opportunities
- Customer Service and Business Administration Certificate qualifications
- Work placements, apprenticeships and full -ime employment at William Hill
- Ongoing 1-2-1 mentoring support from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation
Grant Cornwell, CEO of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “The Club is committed to driving employment within its local community and we are delighted to be adding the Elevator Programme to our wide range of projects with the support of William Hill.”
Showcasing his commitment to community efforts, Cornwell aligned with Real Business in March and served as a judge for our inaugural Philanthropic 30 campaign to determine the 30 most caring companies in Britain.
Bill South, group director of security and community affairs at William Hill, added: “We are proud to be launching the Elevator Programme with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, which will continue our company commitment to providing skills and employment opportunities to individuals in our local communities.”