2015 Debate - Sport

The 2015 Andrew Reed Debate took place on Thursday, 5th February at the Guildhall in London focusing on how Sport can help break down the barriers between advantage and disadvantage.  Reed's School were delighted to work with our 2015 partner charities: Tottenham Hotspur FoundationHarlequins RFC Foundation and the Tessa Sanderson Foundation & Academy.

Aims of the 2015 Debate

  • To provide a platform to raise awareness about child deprivation and disadvantage today and societies role in addressing the issues.
  • Develop interest from the City in these issues and engage their involvement in finding solutions.
  • Raise awareness of Reed’s School’s charitable Foundation and those partner organisations with whom it works.

Outcomes of the 2015 Debate

  • Funds raised from the 2015 Andrew Reed Debate went to help run an extensive outreach programme offered by Reed’s School that raises aspirations, provides new skills and broadens opportunities to over 5,000 disadvantaged young people as well as its partner charities in offering bursary places at Reed’s School for their most deserving children. 
  • Reed's School are now working with Harlequins Foundation to roll out a programme of tag rugby with Reed's School Primary Forum Schools.
  • Tim Henman launched the Henman Foundation with the aim of improving the education, health and welfare of young people disadvantaged by poverty, disability or ill health. His Foundation works with children from Centrepoint to improve self esteem and keep them from reaching a crisis point; part of his Foundation’s programme is hosted at Reed’s School.
  • Tessa Sanderson provided motivational and training advice to over 240 deprived young children as part of the Reed’s School Primary Forum Olympiad.

2015 Debate Timetable

Debate title

"Can Sport help break down the barriers between advantage and disadvantage?

5.30 pm
Doors open, guests arrive and register
5.45 pm
Reception in The Crypt of the Guildhall for all guests
6.35 pm
Guests seated in the Great Hall
6.45 pm
Debate commences with welcome by Mark Hoskins, Headmaster, Reed’s School (see details of panellists below)
8.00 pm
Debate closes
8.15 pm
Dinner for Speakers and Sponsors in The Old Library
10.30 pm

2015 Partner Charities

Organisation Profile

From our origins as an orphanage founded 200 years ago, Reed’s School is now an independent day and boarding school for 11-18 year old boys, with a co-educational Sixth Form, providing an education for 650 pupils. At our heart lies the charitable Foundation which provided funding for those original orphans and which continues to fund disadvantaged pupils today forming an integral part of our ethos.  Click here to view a film about two of our Foundation pupils.

Our mission is to help as many vulnerable young people as possible to achieve their full potential and to break the cycle of ‘family disadvantage’ through the funding of a good education. The Foundation has a commitment to support at least 10% of the School’s population as bursary pupils who meet our charitable criteria.  Additionally, through our Primary and Secondary Forums, Reed’s School has developed a collaborative network of state schools, businesses, charities and educationalists that can deliver a host of academic, sporting and creative enrichment activities to over 5000 disadvantaged pupils from low income families that aims to to raise aspirations and improve the performance of young people facing hardship.

Richard Garrett, Partnership Director

“My vision for this series of debates has been inspired by the life work of Andrew Reed and his care for vulnerable children. The aim is is to encourage greater collaboration between Reed’s School Foundation and children’s charities. With your continued support, this annual City event will be an opportunity for the arts, business, charity and sporting sectors to work collaboratively to assist organisations that help disadvantaged children and their families.”

Organisation Profile

Harlequins is a club steeped in history and has a long standing community programme supporting local children to be more active.

The Club will soon be launching The Harlequins Foundation with a vision of enabling youth to achieve a brighter future. The key pillars of its work will be Education, Enterprise and Training, Inclusion and Diversity and Safer and Stronger Communities. A key component of the education theme will be offering support and scholarships to those who most need it, while improving access to education, sport and social mobility.

The aim is to work closely with Reed’s School and other education organisations and establishments to maximise opportunities linked to improving access, promoting healthy lifestyles and supporting learning.

David Ellis, CEO

“We have recently set up the Harlequins Foundation which has strong values and a clear vision to support youth to achieve a brighter future. Sport provides focus for young people who are in danger of heading in the wrong direction. Rugby specifically promotes physical well-being but it also teaches core skills and values by way of communication, camaraderie, respect and trust, to name a few. We aim to provide exciting and educational opportunities for young people who may otherwise not have access to such support.”

Organisation Profile

The Tessa Sanderson Foundation & Academy adopts a holistic approach to the positive development of young people and their lifestyle. The Foundation - with its selected team of experienced sports coaches - works closely with parents to maintain a strong connection with its members and teachers to mentor the children’s academic progress in school.  TSFA has a hands-on approach and a specially designed programme that uses participation in sporting activities to encourage children who may not be working to their full potential to achieve more through sport.

Several young members of TSFA have gone on to university, found employment through improving their life skills and engaging in our work experience, whilst others have gone on to achieve junior international level in their chosen sport.

Tessa Sanderson-White CBE, Founder

“I am a good example of how sport can change a person’s life. As a young black athlete in the 1970s, it was my focus on sport that drove me to succeed – not only on the track and field - but in my whole outlook on life. Through my Foundation & Academy, my wish is to inspire this confidence in other young budding sportsmen and women. I am delighted to be working with Reed’s School on this Debate and am sure our relationship will continue to strengthen.”

Organisation Profile

Established in 2006, with significant backing from Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, the Foundation is committed to creating opportunities that change the lives of those living in the local community.

Education and employment opportunities are at the heart of this commitment.  Through its strong links with local educators, employers and government, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation works with thousands of young people aged 16 – 25 helping them to gain qualifications through its education programmes, supporting them on to apprenticeship schemes and delivering job opportunities.

Grant Cornwell, CEO

“At Tottenham Hotspur Foundation we’ve seen first-hand the positive impact that engagement in sport can have on young people in our communities, helping to support them to engage in a range of constructive activities. We believe that engagement in sports provision can result in far more than developing sports skills. It can harness a sense of mutual respect and trust, widen horizons, raise aspirations and provide opportunities to young people regardless of race, sex or age.”

2015 Partner Charities

Harlequins Foundation
Tessa Sanderson Foundation & Academy

2015 Debate Panellists

John Inverdale

John Inverdale

Debate Chairman

As hailed in a recent Daily Telegraph article, John is “the outstanding sports broadcaster of his generation”.   His professionalism, personality and knowledge make him one of the best hosts in the business, and he is vastly experienced as a facilitator. 

During his long and successful television broadcasting and radio career, John has presented the Olympic Games, Wimbledon Championships, Football and Rugby World Cups, Open Championships, plus numerous other major sporting events both at home and abroad.  In 1997, he was named Broadcaster of the Year at the Sony Awards, and in 1998 ‘Radio Personality of the Year’ by the Variety Club.

Tim Henman OBE

Tim Henman OBE

Tennis Professional, Sports Commentator & Old Reedonian

Tim Henman was one of Britain’s most successful male tennis players of the open era. He was Britain’s No 1; reached four Wimbledon semi-finals and peaked at No 4 in the ATP world rankings in his 14 year career, beginning in 1993 and lasting until his retirement from the sport in 2007. He was one of the original scholars of the Reed’s School Tennis Academy in the late eighties.

Since his retirement, Tim has been a member of the BBC Wimbledon commentary team which he joined in 2008. In the course of his tennis career, Tim won a silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and played in the Davis Cup for Great Britain from the age of 19. He won 11 ATP titles during his career.  Off the court, Tim was Chairman of ATP Charities programme in 2000 and also founded his own charity that year called the Tim Henman Charitable Foundation. 

Tim’s interests still include sports and, in particular, golf where he plays off a scratch handicap. Tim also works on the Committee of the AELTC and supports several charities.

David Stalker

David Stalker

CEO, ukactive

David Stalker is CEO of ukactive, based in London. During Stalker’s six year tenure, the organisation has become the UK’s leading not-for-profit health body for the physical activity sector, galvanising key stakeholders and partners to deliver break-through campaigns, facilitate big impact partnerships, conduct critical research and develop key projects that champion the physical activity agenda.

Stalker has a 25 year Europe-wide physical activity sector pedigree, having previously held Board Director roles at Bladerunner, Leisure Connection, WWH limited and Silhouette Health clubs. He is Chair of the Chartered Institute of the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), serves on the board of directors for CIMSPA, The European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA) and has recently joined the grants board of the Women’s Sport Trust.

Tessa Sanderson CBE

Tessa Sanderson CBE

Olympian & Sports Personality

Tessa competed in six consecutive Olympic Games from 1976 to 1996, a record in itself.  Then on 6th August 1984 at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Tessa won the Gold in the Women's Javelin and today remains the only British Woman to ever win a throwing Gold Medal.

In the 2004 New Years Honours list Tessa was awarded the CBE by HM The Queen, in recognition of her services to sport, and in particular her role as Vice Chair of Sport England. Prior to the CBE she was the recipient of an OBE in December 1997 for her work with various charities and in 1985 was awarded the MBE for winning her Olympic Gold Medal.  In October 2004 Tessa was awarded the Sunday Times Life Times Achievement Award for her dedication to sport.

Having retired from competitive athletics in 1997, Tessa continues to work with various charities such as the Variety Club of Great Britain, Leukemia Research and was patron to a charity for underprivileged children in Jamaica called Jamaica Basic Schools.

In 2005, Tessa was appointed by Newham Council to create the Newham Sports Academy.  This programme was the only one of its kind in the borough and ran successfully with 79 members until 2009, when Tessa founded the Tessa Sanderson Foundation & Academy.

The Tessa Sanderson Foundation & Academy works on a wider basis - not just in Newham but across London - to help and encourage children who may not be working to their full potential to achieve more through Sport.  She has a vision of a national roll out.

Grant Cornwell MBE

Grant Cornwell MBE

Chief Executive, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation

Grant served as a fire fighter for eight years, however, a career change saw him join what was then the Leyton Orient Football in the Community Scheme and later the Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme (LOCSP).  Over a 17 year period he helped pioneer and develop a wide range of initiatives including projects linked to education, health and social inclusion.

In 2000 as Programme Manager, he was involved in the development and delivery of one of the first of the Home Office's Positive Futures programmes on the Gascoigne Estate in Barking and Dagenham. In its first year the programme helped contribute to a 63% drop in crime and anti social behaviour within the estate. The testament to its success is that it continues to run to this day.

2002 saw Grant appointed as Chief Executive of LOCSP.  In 2004 Grant also took on the role of Head of Youth Development of the Leyton Orient Boys Centre of Excellence. His vision was to give all young people within the local community the opportunity to progress through to the clubs first team. By the time Grant left over 70% of the players signed by the centre had come via the community programme.

In May 2007 he joined the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation as the Chief Operating Officer. He was promoted to the role of Chief Executive in 2009.  In 2005 Grant was awarded an MBE for Services to Young People and an honorary doctorate from the Middlesex University in 2009.

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The Debate in the Great Hall

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Andrew Leong-Son, General Manager

“ZEISS has a long tradition of supporting social and societal responsibility. We are pleased to once again support Reed’s School and its Foundation with their fundraising activity. This initiative positively enriches the lives of many young individuals and we are delighted our involvement may help make a difference.”

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David Casterton, Chief Executive, Global Broking

“We were delighted to nominate Reed’s School and its Foundation to be a beneficiary of the ICAP Charity Day in 2012. This annual fundraising event donates our revenues and commissions on one day each year to a range of charities which positively changes the lives of hundreds of thousands of less fortunate people. The enrichment activities offered by Reed’s to its Primary Forum state school partners is an excellent example of how our support makes a difference to many.”


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