Tottenham Hotspur Foundation launches SNAP
Jamie O'Hara joined an enthusiastic group of learning disabled children and adults to launch SNAP - Spurs Norwood Altogether Project.
Jamie O'Hara joined an enthusiastic group of learning disabled children and adults to launch SNAP - Spurs & Norwood Altogether Project.
The project will run in partnership between the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation (THF) and Norwood, leading UK charity supporting children and families in need and people with learning disabilities, to improve the quality of their lives and achieve their goals.
SNAP will enable those who use Norwood's services to have unprecedented access to high quality sports and activities including football, tennis, badminton and cricket.
Jamie, recovering from knee surgery, received a warm welcome from Norwood guests at the Club's indoor training facility, before taking part in a Question & Answer session with the group.
He said: "It was a pleasure for me to attend the launch of what looks like being another fantastic Tottenham Hotspur Foundation project. As players we see on a regular basis the range of work the Club does off the pitch and the amount of people we can help in our communities."
Later on, four of the Club's young players - Andros Townsend (pictured right), Ryan Mason, Steven Caulker and Troy Archibald-Henville - participated in a range of sporting activities on offer via THF coaches, alongside Norwood service users.
Through SNAP, The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation will work closely with Norwood over the three years of the project, which is mainly funded by a major grant from the Football Foundation. A professional coach has been seconded to SNAP from Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and he and his team will ensure that the project is sustainable, leaving a legacy of trainers so that children and adults with disabilities staff and volunteers will continue to run the programme at the end of the project.
David Harris, Norwood's Director of Operational Services, said: "This is a great opportunity for children and adults with learning disabilities in all our locations to get involved in sporting activities that will suit their individual needs and abilities and is open to all - those that have enjoyed sports before and those that have never played any type of sport.
"We are delighted to have the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation as our partner. They have great experience and expertise in working with people of all abilities."
James Isaac from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation commented: "Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is delighted to be working with Norwood. Through this unique partnership the Foundation aims to enhance Norwood's sports and recreation services for their service users through delivery, support, training and, most importantly, through the coming together of two very positive and highly skilled disability and inclusive service providers."