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Tottenham Hotspur To Employ Veterans At New Stadium

The club is working in partnership with military charity Sporting Force via its foundation to fill the 50 full and part-time jobs...

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has announced that it will be recruiting ex-servicemen and women to work as stewards, security staff and hosts at its new stadium.

The club is working in partnership with military charity Sporting Force via its foundation to fill the 50 full and part-time jobs.

The scheme is the largest to focus on veteran recruitment by any Premier League football club.

A survey carried out by the Royal British Legion recently stated that there are currently 1,110,000 working-age veterans living in the UK, 120,000 of whom are unemployed.

The survey also states that working-aged veterans are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as their civilian counterparts.

We spoke to club ambassador Ledley King about the scheme: 

"Ex-military people are disciplined, they have a strong work ethic, and I think they'll work well within a team.

"Some of them have been saying how difficult it can be to get jobs once they come out of the military, so it's great to be able to provide an opportunity for them". 

Veteran Mark Taylor spoke about the difficulty in transitioning to civilian life:

"When you're in the military you're part of a group, and when you come out you lose that sense of identity. 

"To be part of a brand, a band of brothers, is massive. It's not just about the work, it's about being part of the team again." 

Successful candidates will complete a training course at the club and will be fully qualified in time for the opening of the stadium later this year.

Donna-Maria Cullen, the club's executive director and chair of trustees of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said:

"The club is a long-standing supporter of our Armed Forces and we are proud to be offering meaningful, long-term employment opportunities to ex-military servicemen and women through our new stadium development scheme.

"Our veterans programme, in partnership with Sporting Force, is a further example of innovative employability programmes that the club, via its Foundation, has successfully delivered since the stadium development scheme began."

Tommy Lowther, Sporting Force Founder, said:

"After leaving the military, adjusting to civilian life can be challenging."

"Many veterans are unable to find work and suffer financially.

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"Working in partnership with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is a brilliant opportunity to give ex-servicemen and women a new sense of purpose and a feeling of belonging."

"There are quite a few roles available- obviously they'd fit naturally into the security roles, as well as the hosting side as they've got the management skills that the armed forces bring out". 

The new stadium will be the largest capacity football club stadium in London and will attract in excess of two million visitors per year.

Successful candidates will complete a training course at the Club and will be fully qualified in time for the opening of the stadium later this year.

To register your interest for the jobs please visit www.sportingforce.org/register.

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