Lads visit flagship Foundation project as part of UKDHM
02 December 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
As part of our support for UK Disability History Month (November 22 – December 22) and Kick It Out, Ben Davies and Christian Eriksen visited the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Disability Centre of Excellence to see first-hand how the Club is helping local young people with disabilities.
Ben, who is a Next 20 Ambassador for Kick It Out, and Christian met students at the Centre which is run in partnership with Barnet & Southgate College.
Launched in November, 2014, the Centre is designed to provide specialist education facilities dedicated to the specific needs of students with complex learning and physical disabilities.
With the aim of making a life-changing difference to 200 students each year, the facilities help develop vital communication, independent living and work skills to provide students with the best chance of becoming economically active in their future life.
During the visit, Ben and Christian joined students in a game of quick cricket in the sports hall before heading up to the drama studio to meet students rehearsing for an upcoming performance at the Centre. The players were shown around the state-of the-art facilities which include a sensory room, hydrotherapy pool and purpose built flat which is used by students to help them pick up independent living skills such as making a cup of tea, doing the laundry and making a bed.
Speaking about the visit, Ben said: “It’s UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) so Christian and I have come down to the Centre to show our support to the young people with disabilities living in our community.
“The work taking place is a great example of how the Club is supporting people from all different backgrounds and it reinforces the message that there really is no room for discrimination in football.”
Christian said: “We’ve had a look around the Disability Centre and I think it’s incredible. It’s amazing to see how the Club and staff at the Centre are helping the young boys and girls here. We had a lot of fun playing cricket with them and I hope they enjoyed it too!”
The Club’s ongoing backing of Kick It Out highlights the importance of equality and diversity in football and focuses on tackling all forms of discrimination.
Troy Townsend, Education and Employment Manager, Kick It Out, said: “We’ve been supporting Tottenham Hotspur and its Foundation in delivering a few great sessions for disabled young people as part of our involvement with UK Disability History Month. It’s a great for Kick It Out as an organisation to be here to see the work that’s being done at the Disability Centre and we’re proud to be supporting the Club and the work they are doing.”
UKDHM celebrates the lives and achievements of disabled people and promotes equality and inclusion for people with disabilities.
The Club has dedicated its fixture against Newcastle United on December 13 to supporting Kick It Out. In the lead-up to this game and during UKDHM, we will continue to bring you exclusive news and features about the opportunities we provide to support our disabled fans and people with disabilities living in our local community.