The programme, which is delivered all year round to over 200 members of the Temple, is the only project of its kind in London. The Premier League funded programme, supports the Temple community by offering a weight management course, regular health checks, cultural specific nutritional advice, and a range of physical activities such as seated exercises, football coaching and community walks.
It aims to help decrease the members risk of long term health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. The Welsh defender took part in a seated exercise session with elderly participants and helped to coach a football session for a group of youngsters from The Swaminarayan School, Europe’s first independent Hindu school which is situated opposite the temple.
Below: Ben outside BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, more commonly known as Neasden Temple
Ben also took part in a question and answer session with the children about the importance of equality and inclusion in football. This was organised by Kick It Out - an organisation that tackles all forms of racism and discrimination in football, to ensure the game is open and welcome to all.
Rena Amin, a leading volunteer at the Neasden Temple, said: “Working with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to deliver ‘Wellbeing 4 You’ has been beneficial for all of those who attend the temple whether they are young or old. Programmes like these not only improve the health of the participants, but they are also a great way of bringing the community together and breaking down cultural barriers.”
The ‘Wellbeing 4 You’ programme is part of the Club’s commitment to the London Borough of Brent during its season playing home matches at Wembley. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is Britain’s first traditional Hindu temple.