Spurs support UK Disability History Month (UKDHM)
Launched in 2010, UKDHM celebrates the lives and achievements of disabled people and promotes equality and inclusion for people with disabilities.
Our continued support for Kick It Out highlights the importance of equality and diversity in football and focuses on tackling all forms of discrimination.
In the past 12 months, the Club has developed a number of initiatives to ensure that both fans and local residents with disabilities have access to the opportunities we deliver – from following the team to away games and ensuring their needs are fully met, to accessing sport, education and employment programmes available in the community.
In November, 2014, the Club, through the Foundation, launched a Disability Centre of Excellence in partnership with Barnet and Southgate College. 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 the best chance of becoming economically active in their future life.
Working closely with the Tottenham Hotspur Disabled Supporters Association, we continue to be the only Premier League Club to have a disability steward travel to all away games with our disabled fans. In doing so, our specially trained disability stewards ensure that our fans have a fantastic experience in and around the different stadia in the Premier League and Europe.
During the summer months, we announced that our Disability Schools programme had been delivered to every special school within the London Boroughs of Haringey, Enfield, Waltham Forest and Barnet since 2006. The programme sees members of our Equalities and Inclusion team work closely with special schools to deliver bespoke sports and education activities for students each week, encouraging pupils to build positive relationships through sports participation.
To date, over 13,000 opportunities have been delivered to people with disabilities with this number continuing to rise on both a local and international level.
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, please keep an eye on our website where we will be hearing from fans and members of the community who have benefitted from some of our disability programmes.
For more information about UK Disability History Month, please visit www.ukdhm.org.
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Sean Ellingham and Ben Kelly, both lifelong Spurs fans from Hertfordshire, struck gold at the World Games held in Los Angeles earlier this year.
Special Olympics is a global organisation providing sporting opportunities for people with learning disabilities throughout the world.
The Club, through its Foundation, have been a proud partner of Special Olympics for a number of years now, both through promoting its Unified Football programme locally and delivering football coaching clinics in partnership with the organisation across the world, including during recent first team tours to the US, Malaysia and Australia.
The Special Olympics World Games are held every two years, and at their first attempt, Sean and Ben helped lead Team GB to gold in the Men’s 11-a-side competition, beating Bangladesh 8-6 in a thrilling final back in August.
On November 24 the pair were rewarded with the chance to watch Mauricio Pochettino’s time at close quarters and meet the players after the session.
Ben even lent his gold medal to his favourite player, Harry Kane, on what was a day to remember for the lads.
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