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Picture gallery: Dandelion project brings out Haringey kids’ creative side

PUBLISHED: 16:46 03 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:46 03 April 2013

Fourteen-year-old Poppy plays for Tottenham Ladies, and says football is her lifetsyle

Fourteen-year-old Poppy plays for Tottenham Ladies, and says football is her lifetsyle

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These action-packed photographs were created by a group of five Haringey teenagers taking part in a young citizen journalism project.

The Dandelion Project is being piloted in Haringey by social enterprise Big Soc. Training, which aims to train youngsters who show an interest in media, photography and design in using media safely and effectively.

Fourteen-year-old Tottenham Ladies player Poppy Bennett was interviewed by the Dandelion Project. She said: “I started playing at the age of four and joined Tottenham Ladies just after I turned nine. I spend one day a week, training for three hours, and then play matches all weekend.

“Even at my team we will never get paid as much as men, even at first team level, which I think is awful. Women should definitely be in the spotlight for football. Women’s games should be broadcast as well as men’s, for football lovers to get into. It’s not just men’s games that are exciting.

“Football means a lot to me, as a young player for Tottenham and a Chelsea fan. I love them both but Chelsea FC will be in my heart for life. Football isn’t just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. I love it”

Also pictured is 15-year-old Elliott, who has enjoyed skateboarding since the age of eight. Going to skate parks in Haringey with his dad, he joined the huge, friendly community of skateboarders young and old boys and girls, with the same love of skating.

Getting older and not needing his dad’s company, Elliott began to venture out of north London with his friends and visit skate parks away from the area he lived. He said: “One thing I enjoy about skateboarding is you can pretty much do it anywhere.”

By the age of 13, Elliott had pulled off his first few tricks. Along with his determination and courage he has got help from friends and those he didn’t even know in the skate park. He said, “If you’re skating in a skate park, everyone’s friends, it’s like a big community.”

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