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Crouchy kicks-off Special Olympics Unified Football event at Lodge

Posted on 7 May 2010  - 12:00

Peter Crouch joined Tottenham Hotspur Foundation coaches and volunteers in delivering a Special Olympics Great Britain Unified Football session at Spurs Lodge today (Friday, May 7).

Crouchy kicks-off Special Olympics Unified Football event at Lodge

Peter Crouch joined Tottenham Hotspur Foundation coaches and volunteers in delivering a Special Olympics Great Britain Unified Football session at Spurs Lodge today (Friday, May 7).

The event was part of the Club's commitment to the Premier League's Creating Chances scheme and helped launch a partnership between the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and National Grid.

The partnership aims to support the development of Special Olympic Great Britain's Unified Football in London. Unified Football is a groundbreaking football programme designed to breakdown the social barriers between people with learning disabilities and those without both on and off the pitch.

Wednesday's goal hero Crouchy highlighted the importance of the Foundation's work with Special Olympics. He said: "It's important that everyone in our community has the opportunity to play football, with or without learning disabilities, and Unified Football gives everyone that chance."

Over the next 12 months, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and National Grid will be working closely with Special Olympics Great Britain to support the development of new Unified Football teams across North and South London with the ultimate goal of signing up 200 new players by May 2011.

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation will also support the new Unified Football teams to apply for funding to enhance their resources and support the team coaches with recruiting and matching the ability of the players with and without learning disabilities.

Unified Football is a groundbreaking football programme designed to breakdown the social barriers between people with learning disabilities and those without both on and off the pitch.

National Grid - Special Olympics Great Britain's Official partner - will support the long term sustainability of the project by providing a £10k grant, as well as range of highly skilled volunteers who work in various parts of the company.

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Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's Disability Inclusion Manager, James Isaac, said: "The partnership demonstrates how organisations can combine resources, expertise and commitment to work towards one common goal, which is equality within sport.

Julian Buttery, National Grid's Head of UK Community Relations said: "We are delighted to be playing a key role in this innovative partnership to increase participation across communities and hopefully it will be an inspiration to others to get involved."

Special Olympics Great Britain's Chief Executive Officer, Karen Wallin, added: "This partnership is a big step forward to the growth of the Unified Football in GB. This investment will definitely open up more opportunities to all London-based players with and without learning disabilities to be part and benefit from this truly unique football programme."

Unified Football was launched in GB in 2008 and there are currently 150+ Unified players in 10 SOGB clubs around the country with plans to bring in more than 600 participants by the end of the year. Special Olympics Great Britain is the country's largest year round provider of sports training and competition for people with learning disabilities.