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Posted on 14 December 2007  - 12:00

Our famous rivalry with Arsenal took a different turn on Thursday when the clubs were represented in a powerchair football match at the Sobell Leisure Centre, Islington.

Our famous rivalry with Arsenal took a different turn on Thursday when the clubs were represented in a powerchair football match at the Sobell Leisure Centre, Islington.It was the prefect precursor to when the sides meet in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday December 22.

This event highlighted the role both Clubs play in their disabled communities and the coaching both the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and Arsenal In The Community offer to powerchair footballers.

Both Clubs work with the Wheelchair Football Association (WFA) to provide grass roots and national playing opportunities, and a £1,000 donation from Middlesex University will go towards the development of these two teams - named Middlesex Whites and Middlesex Reds.

THF and Arsenal ITC will offer training facilities and provide coaches for weekly training sessions with the aim of entry for both teams into the National Powerchair League in 2008.

James Isaac, THF’s Inclusion Officer for People with Disabilities, said: “The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation are delighted to be working in partnership with Arsenal ITC to further develop powerchair football opportunities across London.

“It is really important for professional clubs to join forces and develop their community work in partnership so that the participants have greater opportunities to access disability football opportunities across London.”

Unfortunately, things didn’t go quite right for us on the day as our team were beaten 4-0 by the Gunners – but hopefully we’ll be putting that right at the Emirates next Saturday!