Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho becomes the ambassador to the ‘To care is to do’ initiative
Run by the club’s charitable foundation arm for more than 15 years now, the program is directed to help children in care achieve better educational results through out-of-school hours of learning.
It has been observed that there are higher numbers of school absentees, school exclusions and unemployment amongst children in care. Both Mourinho and Spurs are keen to address this key issue.
The children involved in the initiative take part in a variety of personal development activities that includes cookery classes, money management courses, social events and days out, cultural visits, mentoring, and also gain work experience.
The Tottenham boss expressed his commitment to the programme at the annual Haringey Educational Achievement Awards. The ceremony saw many young people on the programme bring recognised for outstanding achievements in school.
“I am extremely passionate about helping young people achieve the best they can in life and realise their potential.”
Mourinho has now become an ambassador for the scheme and will play a bigger role in helping those in need. This will see him invite groups of young people on regular visits to the club’s training complex at Hotspur Way, where he will mentor them.
The power of hope
The Spurs boss is keen to see the youngsters achieve their potential. His personal commitment shows his desire to do what he can to help those who need it.
Mourinho believes that the children who grow up in care start life on the backfoot especially when it comes to educational and employment opportunities. He is keen to help address this disparity.
“Children that have grown up in care often find themselves at a disadvantage when it comes to education and employment opportunities.”
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The Spurs will also attend key events including educational awards ceremonies and social events. Chairman Daniel Levy believes Mourinho’s commitment reflects the club’s desire to bring about a positive change in society.
He believes Mourinho can help inculcate desire and belief that the children can reach their potential.