Disability Awareness Campaign
'A Level Playing Field’
SPURS FANS COACH
Tottenham Hotspur Community are working with NADS (National Association Disabled Supporters), the FA Premier League, The Football Association and the Football League on a Disability Awareness campaign called ‘A Level Playing Field’. The objective of the campaign is to raise the profile of football supporters and players with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and their access to the all round match experience.
Tottenham Hotspur Community works within the community to provide sport, social and healthier life style opportunities for people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. These opportunities are supported by local partnerships including voluntary sector groups. In the past year, Tottenham Hotspur Community have provided football opportunities for over 700 children, young people and adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
Tottenham Hotspur Community has also provided opportunities for their supporters of the club with disabilities to become part of the community team. Fans that are qualified football coaches or hope to become coaches have been given advice and support enabling them to become part of the team. We now employ five people with disabilities who are actively working within the community.
Two of the team members are 23-year-old Oliver Monksfield and 26-year-old Paul Vickery.
Oliver (pictured left) provides football opportunities within deaf schools and also runs our deaf adult football sessions. He is part of the Great Britain deaf football team and recently won a gold medal at the Deaflympics in Sydney, Australia. Paul manages our Emerson Park Cerebral Palsy Spurs Team based at the Emerson Park Sports College in Hornchurch, Essex. Paul has also played cerebral palsy football at a high level, but is now concentrating on supporting the development of the EPCP Spurs team.
Commenting on the campaign, Paul Vickery said: “Working For Spurs was my dream and now my dream has come true, I am fully supportive of this campaign and believe that football is for everybody “
Other members of team include, 24 year old Sam Bull and 28 year old Danny Jarvis who are both Spurs season ticket holders and 20 year old Nicky Baker.
All of these team members provide power chair football to children, young people and adults within the community. These coaches are also part of the ASPIRE Hotspur Power Chair Football Club based at the ASPIRE National Training Centre in Stanmore Middlesex.
Tottenham Hotspur Community is fully supportive of this Disability Awareness Campaign and we believe that football is enjoyed and played on ‘A Level Playing Field’.