GETTING KICKS FOR FREE
Disabled children around London are being invited to put on their boots as our FITC scheme and Barclaycard set out to improve on the success of last season's Free Kicks initiative.
"The first season saw some great results with 1,600 local children benefiting from the Spurs and Barclaycard initiative alone, not to mention the free kit and equipment donated to disadvantaged groups across London," explained Marion Gould, Barclaycard Free Kicks Project Manager.
Programmes for this year have already started. We are working with able-bodied and disabled pupils of two local schools and, with help from a Barclaycard donation to their community disability programme, the club held an educational day last November for 120 children with the aim of encouraging the integration of able-bodied and disabled children.
Tony Millard, Inclusion Co-ordinator for the schools involved, explained: "The sessions are run by Tottenham football coaches who set-up a football circuit with obstacles and mix students of different physical abilities together.
"We ask the students to think about how they can all complete the tasks, which may, for someone in a wheelchair, involve modifying equipment," he continues. "It's about inclusion for all and these sessions are an on-going investment."
Every morning for the past few months, White Hart Lane has been playing host to hundreds of school children visiting the ground to complete the Maths Trail.
With support from Enfield Education and Barclaycard Free Kicks, a special course has been delivered to 24 Enfield schools where our coaches work with pupils in their PE lessons to develop and encourage their health, fitness and self-confidence. Teachers also support the programme by introducing a football theme into Maths lessons. The course concludes with a visit to White Hart Lane where the children spend the morning completing the Maths Trail which has been designed and organised in and around the ground. Much of the work is on shape and space and forms part of the National Numeracy Strategy.
The project continues to be an excellent example of partnership working and has been highlighted by the Department of Health as an example of good practice.