The scheme, called ACE (After Cancer Exercise), will be run in the London Boroughs of Haringey and Enfield in partnership with the local Public Health bodies, Macmillan Cancer Support, Fusion Lifestyle and Middlesex University.
One of the Foundation’s primary aims is to improve life expectancy in the borough by tackling lifestyle factors and ensuring early intervention and prevention of key, life-limiting diseases.
ACE aims to give people affected by cancer the knowledge, skills and motivation to become and remain active.
There is increasing evidence suggesting that exercise and eating correctly can help prevent incidences of cancer, is beneficial for patients at all stages of cancer and can help in preventing it from reoccurring.
Haringey and Enfield is currently home to some 7,433 cancer patients and this figure is rising all the time. The ACE project will introduce both patients and those recovering from cancer to ways of incorporating exercise into their lives.
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation will work with partners to implement an effective referral system for health professionals to provide a safe, professional and enjoyable experience to patients.
Community leisure management charity Fusion Lifestyle is on board, offering free use of its gym facilities in and around Tottenham where participants will be introduced to exercise over a free 12 week programme under the care of graduate cancer rehabilitation exercise specialists. Sessions will be specific to each patient but could include cycling, walking, circuits, aerobics, zumba and tai-chi.
Macmillan Cancer Support will promote the project within their existing services and Middlesex University will provide second and third year university students on their Exercise Rehabilitation degree course to help deliver and evaluate the service.
The Club is already supporting the National Health Service’s ‘Get to know cancer’ campaign for the 2013/2014 Barclays Premier League season, using home matchdays and other high profile events to raise awareness of symptoms and promote early diagnosis.
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has also run other cancer awareness projects, most recently a bowel cancer awareness campaign.