Players from both the men’s and ladies teams came together last Friday to promote the importance for women to regularly check their breasts for symptoms to provide the best possible chance of early diagnosis and, therefore, survival.
The day involved the Spurs Ladies First Team training at the Club’s world-class training centre in Enfield, where they received a talk on breast cancer awareness from CoppaFeel! creator, Kristin Hallenga.
The Ladies then met up with Andre Villas-Boas’ players ahead of last Sunday’s Premier League match at Aston Villa to kick off a week’s worth of activity at the North London club.
CoppaFeel! ambassadors, known as the ‘Boobettes’, will work with ‘Get to know cancer’ and the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to educate women in the Club’s local community through a series of workshops.
These sessions will take place at women-only sport project Think Fit sessions in Leytonstone, East London, at the Spurs Ladies Education and Development Centre, and at the ‘Skills’ project in Tottenham.
The week of activity will culminate at Tottenham Hotspur’s home Premier League match against Hull City on Sunday 27th October, when volunteers from ‘Get to know cancer’ and CoppaFeel! will be out in force, handing out potentially life-saving information to fans and raising money for the charity.
Michael Dawson, Club captain, Tottenham Hotspur, said: “We are now two months into our season-long support of the ‘Get to know cancer’ campaign and the feedback we have received from fans has been fantastic.
“Cancer can affect us all at some point in our lives so it’s vital that we continue to work closely with the campaign to raise as much awareness of various symptoms as possible, and promote the importance of early diagnosis."
Karen Hills, Manager, Spurs Ladies FC, said: “It is great for the Ladies team to be involved in supporting the Club get across such an important message on a subject that can affect so many women, young and old.
“The talk our girls received from Kristin today was inspirational and will no doubt resonate with the players so that they will get themselves checked as soon as they notice anything unusual.
“In my role as Girl’s & Women’s Development Officer for the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, it will be great to see the benefits of continuing to raise awareness of symptoms in the local community over the coming week."
Kristin Hallenga, CoppaFeel!, said: “Our tactic is to talk to people about boobs, when they least expect it. We engage with people as they go about their day-to-day lives, so to do this at a Spurs game is a brilliant opportunity. It's not often we get to speak to such a huge number of people, in one place, at one time, but we truly hope it will start some healthy conversation about breast awareness both on and off the pitch!”
Dr Andy Mitchell, Medical Director for NHS England (London), said: “The earlier cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of successful treatments. I'm delighted with Tottenham Hotspur's support of our ‘Get to know cancer’ campaign and charity partner CoppaFeel! One in eight women will develop breast cancer, but the sooner it's diagnosed the more likely they'll survive.
"Together we are encouraging people to do the single most important thing to beat cancer - get help sooner. If we can match cancer survival rates with the best in the world, we can save an extra 1,000 lives in London every year. Cancer is treatable, even beatable."
In August, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club proudly announced its support of NHS campaign ‘Get to know cancer’ for the 2013/2014 Premier League season.
With the backing of Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, the Club, its players and staff will be actively promoting awareness and early detection of cancer symptoms throughout the football season.