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SPURS HELP KICK-OFF SPECIAL OLYMPICS EUROPEAN FOOTBALL WEEK

Posted on 21 April 2006  - 12:00

This morning, the Club hosted an exclusive training session for 35 learning-disabled athletes from the newest Special Olympics local programme in Haringey to mark the launch of European Football Week, 2006.

This morning, the Club hosted an exclusive training session for 35 learning-disabled athletes from the newest Special Olympics local programme in Haringey to mark the launch of European Football Week, 2006.

"The launch of Special Olympics European Football Week at White Hart Lane is an opportunity to showcase the hard work done by everyone working with football for disabilities - not least the participants themselves," said Kathryn Robinson, Director of Tottenham Hotspur Community.

"The week of activity provides a much-needed boost to the sport's profile and opens opportunities for more people to become involved - both as players and as coaches and we wish all of the participants good luck over the next seven days."

European Football Week is one of the highlights of Special Olympics' annual football development calendar, which is supported by UEFA and The Johann Cruyff Foundation.

The initiative, now in its sixth year, will involve a record 50,000 players with learning disabilities participating in football events in more than 50 countries throughout the Europe/Eurasia region during the week.

Newly appointed Chairman of Special Olympics Great Britain, Lawrie McMenemy MBE said: "In Great Britain, European Football Week continues to serve as a valuable tool for our development.

"Through the staging of national, regional and local events linked to professional clubs such as Tottenham highlights our need to bring much needed new coaching opportunities to our local programmes.

"There is no doubt that Football Week has lead to a greater understanding and acceptance of the abilities of people with learning disabilities throughout the country."

Special Olympics, founded in 1968 by the sister of John F Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, is the world’s largest year-round programme of sports training and competitions for individuals with learning disabilities. More than 1.7 million athletes in over 150 countries train and compete in 26 Olympic-style summer and winter sports at local, national and international events. Through its sports programmes, Special Olympics strives to provide long-term benefits to individuals’ health, self-esteem and social integration.