The start of the year saw Jermaine Jenas turning his hand to an entirely different sport, as he joined local pupils at the Vale School at Northumberland Park School for a new, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation-led session of Boccia.
The aim of Boccia, which is recognized at Paralympic level, is to try and roll your coloured balls the nearest to the white jack. The sport is played in teams who take turns to roll, and is very similar to the game of bowls.
Located within Northumberland Park School just behind White Hart Lane stadium, The Vale School has 35 pupils, all of whom have physical disabilities. Although not football, Tottenham Hotspur Community coaches Boccia, as it is a game developed for people with disabilities that everybody can access at varying levels of participation. As such, the students at the school are all very passionate about getting involved in the sport, as witnessed by JJ.
“I really like the game,” said Jermaine, who spent time meeting pupils and staff, before having a go at boccia himself – with a fair degree of success from the outset. “Everyone here can play so it makes it a very even competition and you can see that some of the pupils here are real naturals.”
“It’s important for us to come to these events,” he continued, “as the Club is committed to working with the community and it’s good for the players to get involved whenever possible.”
As a part of its ever-increasing community involvement, the Club is providing sporting opportunities across North London and the Boccia programme at Northumberland Park Vale school will run every Friday until the end of the academic year.
For further information on Boccia or Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, please contact James Isaac at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0870 420 5000.