Working in partnership with Geddings Day Centre Services in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, the Bill Nicholson 20+12 Project, delivered by Tottenham Hotspur Foundation tutors, provided an initial 30 weeks of training for 20 adults with learning difficulties and/or physical disabilities during the 2009/10 season.
This enabled them to access a range of life skills and personal development workshops, including sustainable sport sessions.
Participants followed a range of key themes which resulted in the group gaining skills in communication, teamwork, leadership, presentation and learning how to lead a healthier lifestyle.
The long term aim is to provide participants with the opportunity to develop key life skills to be able to volunteer or participate in existing sports and social clubs based in their local communities.
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation tutors were supported in their delivery by a regular and consistent team of Geddings Day Centre staff. This support not only ensured that participants were able to reach their full potential, but also allowed the support staff to develop their own professional skills around delivering life skills sessions to young people and adults with learning difficulties and/or physical disabilities.
On completion of the initial period, the Geddings Day Centre staff that had supported the Foundation tutors were able to deliver sessions independently. To continuously develop the skills they had acquired, Foundation tutors designed a one day workshop for Geddings Day Centre staff which dealt with topics including learning styles, initial assessments, setting aims and objectives, session planning, basic classroom management and production of teaching materials.
The workshop was designed for participants to be actively involved throughout and ensure they had the opportunity to produce materials that related directly to the existing people they worked with.
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of life of the people it comes into contact with. By providing this training we aim to improve communication, interaction and overall wellbeing of the service users.
Gareth Jones, Course Tutor of the project from Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said "The 20+12 club project was a fantastic way for Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to engage Geddings day centre services in an education and physical activity programme.
"The project not only helped the direct participants to develop skills such as communication, health and safety, personal health and football skills but it also helped the staff supporting the service users develop their own skills."