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Simon Weston OBE shows his support for veteran coaching sessions

Posted by Tottenham Hotspur on 20 December 2013  - 11:21

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation have been working with Invisible Injuries to support war veterans who have suffered, or are suffering from, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The Foundation’s week long emotional coaching sessions are the first step in what will be a longer term commitment from the Club to work with war veterans.

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, in partnership with Invisible Injuries, hopes to assist veterans suffering from PTSD using a combination of Spectrum Therapy and Relaxation, known as Emotional Coaching. Designed to provide a superb launch pad for those who want to re-engage with society and employment it is hoped that the project will help integrate veterans and ex-service personnel back into civilian life.

Simon Weston OBE visited the veterans to show his support for the project, saying:  “Using an iconic football club as the hub for these sessions is fantastic as it provides a comfortable and familiar base for the veterans. It can be hard for people from the armed forces to address their problems and re-integrate back in to society after active service. These sessions are designed to address their issues and provide ongoing support without patronising the participant or prying in to their past traumas.”

Nikki Kelly, Employment and Skills Manager for the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “This week has provided a great opportunity for us to establish our emotional coaching programme and provide a foundation for us to develop our work with Veterans in 2014.”

The pilot week has been delivered on a voluntary basis by all parties and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and Foundation would like to thank Lindley who donated lunches and refreshments for coaches and participants, and Invisible Injuries who provided the counselling sessions free of charge.