Tottenham Hotspur legends Ossie Ardiles (in his capacity as Co- Chair of Special Olympics Global Football), and his great friend Ricky Villa have launched the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's new Reach 2 Teach project funded by the PL/PFA Community Fund.
The launch was accompanied by a disability football coaching session at Tottenham Community Sports Centre with Special Olympics Great Britain athletes based locally and within the Greater London area that are affiliated to Haringey Mencap Limited.
The event and this pilot project mark and celebrate a big step forward in football for people with learning disabilities and will introduce a steady avenue for more and more to get involved in sport.
Ossie said: "It's something for everyone and for people of all abilities, from national representative athletes to beginners. No matter what level, participants can work hard to improve themselves."
Reach 2 Teach covers participation at all levels from grass roots to the potential of national representation. Education schemes will support the participants to gain valuable life skills such as writing their own CV's and gaining interview skills, to becoming qualified football and multi-sports coaches.
The project's main aim is to support and develop local community groups in Haringey, Enfield and designated areas of Greater North London to run their own independent football clubs, sports hubs and charitable trusts, covering all disability football impairment groups.
Reach 2 Teach will develop positive relationships and support community groups who would like to access disability football at all levels of participation, gain an interest in other sports and for the participants to acquire valuable life skills.
It is hoped that this project will also enable the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to work with many other professional football club community schemes and key community partners to support a number of disability groups across the wider football community.
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Special Olympics is recognised as the third member of the Olympic family, providing year-round sports, sports training, and local, regional, national and international competitions for all learning disability levels. Special Olympics and Paralympics are two separate organisations. Paralympics provides elite-only level sports competition for multi-disabled groups including physical, blind and deaf.
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The Premier League/PFA Community Fund enables Premier League clubs' community departments to apply for grants to start innovative new projects, or develop and enhance the many they already deliver. The £12.9m three-year fund is administered and managed by the Football Foundation.