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Tottenham Hotspur FC help create 200 new jobs at Sainsburys, Northumberland Park
More than 200 new jobs have been created ahead of the opening of a new Sainsbury’s store as part of Tottenham Hotspur’s plans to regenerate the area.
The White Hart Lane club entered a partnership with Haringey Borough Council and the supermarket chain to help more local people find jobs.
As part of the new employment scheme, the first 200 jobs have been offered to people living within a three mile radius from Tottenham.
Speaking at the launch of the new partnership, Tottenham MP David Lammy said: “This is an important first step in the tangible regeneration of Tottenham.
“This is something people can see and feel, it has been a long time coming.
“It’s a very important development as it will create new jobs for people in the local area.”
New staff will be trained at the club’s stadium.
The scheme will help to reduce Haringey’s unemployment issues, with just 61.2 per cent of people in work in the borough.
The project is part of the club’s scheme to regenerate the area around White Hart Lane - which includes plans to build new homes and a new stadium.
Spurs director Donna Cullen said: “We know the attractiveness of our brand so we feel we have a responsibility to use it to our advantage.
“We want to make sure jobs go to local people.”
She added the club has computer terminals to allow unemployed people to find jobs online, and work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has funded a ‘Digivan’ - a mobile recruitment facility.
The employment project is also backed by the Job Centre and the Department for Work and Pensions.
Alan Strickland, cabinet member for regeneration at Haringey Borough Council, said: “As a council we are determined to see the successful regeneration of Tottenham.
“This is a vital piece of the jigsaw. It’s important we don’t just have a new Sainsburys building, but that we actually deliver real change.
“This is about answering the question of where the jobs are going - now we can say they are going to Tottenham residents.”
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