The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation strives for creating opportunities that change the lives of those living in the local communities.
Since the foundation launch in 2006 over 2.4 million opportunities for people in the communities were created, developing projects that help tackle some of the country’s most difficult and challenging social issues.
The Foundation works with a wide range of age groups from primary school children and their parents, to older people living in sheltered accommodation. However, education and employment opportunities are at the heart of what the do.
Walking Football at Tottenham Hotspur
Through the development of walking football and walking sports, the Foundation aims to increase the amount of sport and physical activity undertaken on a weekly basis by people 50 and over, an often hard to reach target group.
Engagement in these activities will lead to increased social interaction, reduced periods of isolation and an overall increase in health and wellbeing.
The Foundation is partnering with local organisations and identifying key locations where there is a need for walking football to take place. We will be delivering the walking football sessions until early 2018 and over the life of the project the focus will move from developing and delivering walking football sessions to identifying other sports that can be developed into walking sports, building upon the success of the walking football sessions.
Walking Football Sessions at the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation
The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is providing within the framework of the European Legends programme two walking football sessions on a weekly basis in two different locations across the London borough of Enfield.
The two sessions are delivered at different times of the day, this allows for different people to attend the sessions, including people over the age of 50 who may still be working. The sessions take place on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings.
Both sessions are joined by women and men.
The Foundation delivers the walking football programme through the equalities and inclusion team. The staff involved in the project have a range of qualifications and experiences including, FA level 2 and 3 lead coaches, assistant coaches at level 1, specific older people training including dementia friends awareness workshop, Sports coach UK inclusive coaching workshop and CDF coaching disabled footballers.