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India Spurs assist Foundation in groundbreaking work

Posted on 21 April 2015  - 15:04

Volunteers from India Spurs, one of our 120 Official Supporters’ Clubs, have been assisting Tottenham Hotspur Foundation coaches in their ongoing work to increase sporting opportunities for learning disabled athletes in the region.

The Foundation has been working in partnership with Special Olympics Bharat on a unique project that aims to train over 2,000 football coaches across the country in improving the delivery of sessions for people with intellectual disabilities.

Foundation coaches Dan Slaughter and Gareth Jones were assisted by India Spurs volunteers in their delivery of clinics held in Delhi, breaking down language and cultural barriers.

Meanwhile, members of the Bangalore chapter of India Spurs even ran their own session to give young people with learning difficulties the chance to play football alongside mainstream school children of a similar age at the Rashtriya Military School.

Karthik Venkat, Secretary of India Spurs, said: “The whole experience was extremely humbling. It shows you the capabilities of the human spirit and how nothing is truly impossible if you believe in yourself.

“The Spurs India volunteers were so outstanding that we actually had to request Special Olympics Bharat to double the numbers. They did an excellent job in helping the Foundation coaches train the athletes and ensured that everyone had a good time.”

Anoop Manjunath, Head of the Bangalore chapter of India Spurs, added: “It was a great experience for our members to work with the athletes and learn from them as much as they learned from us.

“We are pleased to know that the organisers are happy with our work and I look forward to helping to organise more events like this in the future - representing Spurs and giving back to the community.”