As a Global Partner of Special Olympics since 2009, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has been successfully delivering joint projects to improve sporting opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities both at home and abroad.
On the morning of our match with Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, May 27, our Global Coaching team will be running a clinic in partnership with Special Olympics Malaysia at the FA Headquarters to help educate local coaches on Tottenham Hotspur training methods that will then be shared with athletes.
When the team heads to Australia for the clash with Sydney FC on Saturday, May 30, a similar session will be run the previous day in partnership with Special Olympics Australia at Birchgrove Oval, open to all Special Olympics athletes from across the country.
The work follows on from clinics run on previous tours such as in Seattle last summer and Beijing in 2009. Most recently, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has helped deliver a coach education project in India working in partnership with Special Olympics Bharat.
On a local level, the Foundation has worked with Special Olympics Great Britain to deliver Unified Football – integrating players with and without intellectual disabilities – within the London Boroughs of Haringey and Enfield.
Grant Cornwell, Chief Executive of Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and Head of Global Coaching, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our fantastic work with Special Olympics during the Club’s upcoming tour to Malaysia and Sydney.
“For many years now, the Club’s partnership with Special Olympics has created life changing sporting opportunities to thousands of athletes with learning disabilities across the world, and we are extremely proud of this work.
“The clinics that are being delivered during the Tour are part of a comprehensive programme of Global Coaching activity aimed at increasing sports participation at grassroots level, using Tottenham Hotspur’s unique philosophy, within the cities we are visiting.”
Simon Koh, Operations Director of Special Olympics Asia Pacific, said: “We are grateful to Tottenham Hotspur for visiting Kuala Lumpur and Sydney in the Asia Pacific region to conduct coaching clinics. As a football-loving region, there is perhaps no better language to promote the Special Olympics goal of sports for social change, benefitting people with intellectual disabilities.”
Special Olympics and Tottenham Hotspur’s Global partnership is driven by a common goal to create social change through the power of sport. Special Olympics is the leading voice on intellectual disability, building social inclusion for this marginalised group through opportunities in Sports, Health, Education and Community Building for more than 4.4 million athletes, 1.3 million volunteers and millions more people worldwide in 170 countries.
To find out more about Special Olympics, please visit: www.specialolympics.org