Dele goes from coronavirus chump to mentoring Tottenham kids in lockdown

first_img5DELE ALLI has gone from a crass coronavirus chump to the fella you can rely on in a crisis.What a difference a couple of months make!⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates5 Dele Alli keeping himself busy in the lockdown by exercising, making a cake on his birthday and playing TwisterThere is nothing like a global pandemic and national lockdown to bring out the best in people – and we have certainly seen that with Dele.The Tottenham ace was rightly charged with misconduct by the FA in February for a social media posting which poked fun at coronavirus andan Asian man. It was insensitive and probably racist.Dele apologised and is still awaiting the outcome of his response.5But it is hard to believe it was the same star, who is today checking on his young team-mates to ensure they are keeping well during the lockdown, while heavily backing a charity which provides breakfasts to thousands of kids each weekday during the crisis.Not bad for someone who, like of all us, is finding the current crisis strange and tough to deal with.He admitted: “It’s been difficult. This is the longest I’ve had off from the training ground and not training.“I wouldn’t say it’s been a good break because it was unexpected. But I’ve been missing playing, so I’m just trying to find ways to keep myself entertained and fit.”Dele turned 24 earlier this month and the lockdown meant he had to celebrate on his own, with only Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho and his coaches waving at him from across the road for fun.5The midfielder posted a photo of himself on social media cooking himself a burger on his barbecue as a treat.He said: “Being stuck at home on your birthday isn’t the most ideal thing, but I made as much fun of it as I could.“It was a little bit of fun, I tried to keep it light-hearted!”Dele has been taking part in a daily training session with the Spurs squad via video link.In an interview with Sky Sports he said: “We’ve been doing a zoom session every morning at 11, which is good because it keeps us in a routine.“It means you have to get up early, eat well and do those sessions, which have been tough but also good as you get to see the boys every day.”It’s the whole team and the support staff who take the session and everyone follows on the treadmill or using the gym equipment the club sent to our houses.“No one has been in this situation before, it’s tough for everyone to deal with, everyone is in the same boat. I think it is great that people are using social media and different platforms to find ways to try and help anyway they can.”Whether it be entertaining people or helping people try and staff healthy with different workout routines, in this situation it’s important to keep your health up and keep on a good track.”Mentor is not always a term that has been associated with Dele – a streak of the devil seems to run through his competitive veins.It has resulted in several bans and FA raps during his career.But he has shown his maturity and nicer side by keeping an eye out for his younger team-mates during the current lockdown.He said: “As a more experienced player, I’ve been speaking to the younger lads and just making sure they are alright.5“Even for myself, speaking to other people and trying to make sure I’m not in my little bubble here and that I reach out and communicate with other people.”And while Dele may have to settle for a BBQ burger for one, his support of the Magic Breakfast charity means many underprivileged kids still get a healthy meal at the start of the day.The good cause provides nourishing breakfasts to over 48,400 children in the UK every school day.The millionaire star, who grew up on a council estate in Milton Keynes, has clearly not forgotten his roots.He said: “As players we do a lot of things that maybe doesn’t get publicised, I’m doing things to help other people that I wouldn’t publicise myself.”We’re in a situation where we can help, be that through raising awareness by using our platforms. We know we are such role models and a lot of people look up to us, so we have to help as much as we can.Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer“Magic Breakfast is an amazing charity, the work they are doing is amazing.”Situations like this have made me realise how difficult it is for them to keep it up, so I wanted to help as much as I could with donations and trying to raise awareness about it.”They are feeding kids, kids that are in schools and need it – it’s something that I relied on when I was younger, free school meals – but they are taking that a step further.”With so many kids not at school it’s made their job a lot more difficult, but they are still helping the kids.”Tottenham midfielder Dele Ali shows off incredible house & home cinema while on lockdownlast_img read more

Workers learn to spot child abuse

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“Sometimes the calls that come in are vague but they all need to be addressed and taken seriously,” Garcia said. “A simple call about someone hearing a baby screaming turned into a law enforcement official finding a 4-month-old baby stuffed inside a plastic bag behind a couch. Those are the things our social workers deal with every day.” Among the San Gabriel Valley organizations that attended the free workshop were the El Monte Police Department, Bassett High School and OPTIONS childcare agency. SPIRITT officials said they held the workshop to mark April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and also to draw attention to California Child Abuse Mandated Reporting laws to protect children from physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect. “Children are a reflection of what is going on in the home,” Virgie Boyken, spokeswoman for the county Department of Children and Family Services, said. “We need to be educated and know how to listen to what the children tell us.” Yvonne Holguin, a local day-care provider, said she felt the training session was valuable. “It went over procedures some people are already familiar with, but on a deeper level,” she said. “And it gave us a chance to exchange our personal experiences with other people in our profession.” California requires health- and day-care providers, teachers, social workers and law enforcement personnel to report child abuse either to an agency or a hotline if they suspect a child is being neglected or abused. nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDORA – Pictures of abused children were passed around a group of child-care professionals Wednesday at a workshop designed to underline the importance of reporting such violations. Sponsored by SPIRITT Family Services in Glendora, the meeting served as a training session for about 50 child-care workers from the San Gabriel Valley. “Anyone who has contact with children is mandated to report suspicious activities,” said Bill Garcia, spokesman for the Child Protection Hotline. “But it’s important to understand our role is not to judge, but instead to talk to people, gather information and report that information to the appropriate agency.” Officials said the Child Protection Hotline receives about 800 calls a day. last_img read more