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Woody gives HOPE

Jonathan Woodgate was the special guest as the Club's Foundation launched its brand new community project, HOPE - Helping Older People Exercise.

Jonathan Woodgate was the special guest as the Club's Foundation launched its brand new community project, HOPE - Helping Older People Exercise.

The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has been granted £10,000 from Extra Time, the Football Foundation/Sport Relief joint funding programme, to create the HOPE initiative at Jubilee Court Sheltered Accommodation, Waltham Abbey.

HOPE aims to help increase older people's level of physical activity with the intention of having a positive contribution to improving participants' wellbeing, health and lifestyle by encouraging regular exercise.

Woody exercises

The project will run over a 30-week period, offering participants a range of activities including yoga, massage therapies, seated exercise and tour of White Hart Lane.

'Woody' took part in a number of these activities on his visit alongside the residents of Jubilee Court.

"This is a unique project that the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is running and it was really good for me to come and see for myself the activities that will be taking place over the next 30 weeks," he said.

"It's just as important for older people to stay fit and healthy as much as anybody else, and not only that but the project also gives these residents the chance to interact with and meet new people through all these different activities, which they might not get to do otherwise.

"HOPE proves that the Club is committed to working with all types of people across our local communities, young and old."

Also in attendance at the launch was Cllr John Knapman, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council. He added: "I am very proud of the close links forged in recent years between Spurs and Epping Forest District Council.

"We already have a very strong track record working with young people on housing estates such as Limes Farm in Chigwell. This latest initiative with our older people is very welcome. Spurs is much more than ‘big business'. It is showing it takes its community role seriously too."

Woody presents the cheque

The Football Foundation and Sport Relief are providing £500,000 towards funding Extra Time. Earlier this year they invited football club community schemes to bid for the funding towards developing and managing a community project aimed at helping the over-60s stay active and healthy.

The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is one of the 15 football club community teams that were successful in being awarded an Extra Time grant.

'Woody's' visit was part of our commitment to Premier League community initiative Creating Chances, which aims to highlight the continued and increasing commitment the 20 Barclays Premier League clubs have to their local communities.