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Supporting International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Fri 03 December 2021, 10:00|Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur is proud to support International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and show support for the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

To mark the global awareness day, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will join buildings around the world tonight (Friday 3 December) and be illuminated purple, the international colour of disability.

Equality and inclusion is at the heart of everything we do as a Club.

Through the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the Club runs a number of projects aimed at promoting inclusion and equality for all, including sport and employability programmes for people with a range of disabilities.

Every Thursday at the N17 Arena, located at the south-east of the stadium campus, on the corner of Park Lane and Worcester Avenue, the Foundation runs a sports session for adults with a disability. Held in partnership with Adult Cares, the session focuses on both multi-sports and walking football.

Maria Walker, Manager at Adult Cares, said: “We have been involved with the Foundation now for over 10 years and the coaches have always done a great job in ensuring that everyone feels included, welcome and most importantly, that everyone has fun. The sports session helps to promote exercise, friendships and inclusivity – as well as being a Spurs fan! It’s great to have access to such an impressive facility such as the N17 Arena and you can tell from the look on the participants’ faces how much they enjoy the session. That’s the most important thing.”

One participant commented: “I love coming to the session to play football and make new friends. The best bit is scoring lots of goals at my favourite football club.”

Tottenham Hotspur works closely with SpursAbility, our Disabled Supporters’ Association, which represents and promotes the views of our disabled fans. The Club’s Disability Access Scheme provides supporters with a disability access to services and facilities that enhance their matchday experience.

Our stadium is fully compliant with the Accessible Stadia Guide and exceeds standards in many areas. In addition to dedicated accessible entrances, the stadium has accessible seating and wheelchair spaces in all stands. It also includes three Changing Places facilities for fans with more complex requirements, which have more space and equipment than standard accessible toilets.

Located in the stadium’s North Stand, our Sensory Suite offers a comfortable and calming environment for supporters on the autistic spectrum or with sensory impairment conditions to watch matches. The room is complete with a tactile wall, a bubble tube and several other pieces of sensory equipment.

Other services available include audio descriptive commentary, a radio-based assistive hearing system, accessible stadium parking and areas for assistance animals. Away fans also receive access to these provisions.

Furthermore, the Club is committed to developing more inclusive experiences across its Stadium Visitor Attractions, including the introduction of wheelchair accessible climbs on The Dare Skywalk and British Sign Language Stadium Tours.