Young people got the chance to meet a Spurs legend and explore their career options this afternoon.

Former Tottenham Hotspur captain Ledley King attended the Big Hospitality Conversation held at White Hart Lane stadium.

More than 100 business leaders from the hospitality industry attended the event, organised in collaboration with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to show young people in Haringey work in the hospitality industry.

King, 34, who earned 21 England caps and played more than 300 times for Spurs, is now an ambassador for the club working closely with the foundation to help young people in the area access employment opportunities.

He said: “Days like today are a great opportunity for me to give back.

“While I was playing I always tried make the fans happy with my performances and now I’m no longer playing I’m happy working off the pitch with young people trying to engage them and help them better their lives.

“Tottenham and the surrounding area has a lot of unemployment so it’s great for the club to try and give back and help the local community.

“It’s wonderful for me to attend and speak to the many young people who are looking for a new challenge in their careers, hopefully being able to offer them some advice and that if you are willing to work hard, there is so much you are able to achieve.”

Many of the young people that the foundation work with were in attendance and got the chance to challenge Ledley to themed napkin arranging and omelette making.

Kieran Bryant, 29, community development officer at the foundation, said: “Days like these are very important because it gives people young and old an opportunity to get involved with what we do at the foundation as well access external opportunities like the ones on show here today.

“It’s a pleasure to see the people we work with being provided chances like this because it gives them access to resources that they can use to flourish and realise their potential.”

Companies including Costa, Hilton and Nandos pledged live job and training vacancies throughout the day, alongside Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s education and employment team who offered practical employability advice and guidance on gaining relevant qualifications, interview techniques and careers choices.