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JJ TRIES HIS HAND AT BOCCIA

Posted on 16 January 2007  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas joined pupils at the Vale School at Northumberland Park School in Tottenham last week as they took part in a new Tottenham Hotspur Community-led session of boccia.

Jermaine Jenas joined pupils at the Vale School at Northumberland Park School in Tottenham last week as they took part in a new Tottenham Hotspur Community-led session of boccia.As a part of it’s ever-increasing community involvement, the Club is rolling out sport sessions all across North London and the boccia programme at Northumberland Park Vale school will run every Friday until the end of the academic year.

Although not football, Spurs coach 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 Vale school are passionate about the sport.

Located within the Northumberland Park School just behind the stadium, The Vale have 35 pupils on their role, all of whom have physical disabilities Recognised at Paralympic-level, the game is similar to boules or pétanque as teams of players take it in turns to try and roll coloured balls nearest the white jack.

Jermaine, who resumes full training this week spent time meeting pupils and staff at the Vale School before trying his hand at boccia himself – with a fair degree of success from the outset.

"I really like the game," said Jermaine, "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, "The Club is committed to working with the community and it’s good for the players to get involved whenever possible too."