Date published: 20/02/2012
Tottenham Hotspur FC goalkeepers Brad Friedel and Carlo Cudicini were put through their paces as they took part in an armchair aerobics session at White Hart Lane.
The pair were supporting the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Extra Time project, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Over-55s from the local area. Extra Time currently runs at 30 professional football clubs and is jointly-funded by the Football Foundation and Sport Relief.
The Spurs Extra Time project recently entered its fourth year and attracts up to 125 participants each week from across six residential care homes in Enfield.
Speaking at the event, Spurs goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini said: “Participants get both social and physical benefits. When you are old you tend to spend most of your time at home, not moving much, so to have this project where they can come, have a chat, a cup of coffee and move around is important. Everyone at the club is very happy to come along and spend time with them. They are always very nice people to have a chat with.”
Tottenham Hotspur’s trained fitness instructors and activity co-ordinators work with participants to improve their mobility, promote healthier lifestyles and provide a range of enjoyable activities, including the armchair aerobics session showcased at this week’s event.
James Isaac, Disability Inclusion Manager at Tottenham Hotspur, said: “The programme allows participants the opportunity for social interaction. Coming to an event here at White Hart Lane today and getting to meet so many new people is a big occasion.
“The project also increases flexibility and mobility in addition to wellbeing because participants are doing exercise they would otherwise not be doing. And what I find fantastic is that if you have a really good instructor you can engage with men aswell as ladies and get them doing exercise together, that has historically proved difficult.”
Extra Time has engaged around 1,000 older people in their local areas and as a result of Extra Time, 70% said that they found everyday tasks such as climbing stairs easier; 75% had made new friends; and 21% used the health services less.
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Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is committed to providing the best sports, health, training, and education programmes for all our communities; creating opportunities, encouraging enterprise and innovation, promoting social cohesion and enhancing life skills.
The Foundation uses sport and in particular football as a vehicle to create life changing opportunities for children, groups and individuals within communities. This is achieved by working with a wide range of partners including central and local government departments, schools, colleges, businesses and charitable trusts to design programmes that engage with all sections of the community.
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As the nation celebrates the biggest ever year of sport, the entire country can join in the fun with Sport Relief 2012 from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 March.
Over one million people are expected to take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile as they raise cash to change lives at home and across the world’s poorest countries. And, with a whole weekend of top Sport Relief telly planned across the BBC, it’s all set to be huge.
From David Walliams’ cross-Channel swim to Eddie Izzard’s 43 marathons in 51 days, Sport Relief has a unique history of brave celebrities taking on gruelling physical challenges to raise cash and change lives. Sport Relief 2012 will be no exception with even more daring, vast and awe-inspiring celebrity challenges on their way.
Visit www.sportrelief.com to keep up with the latest news.
Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).
“It is tremendous news that the Barclays Spaces for Sport Sustainability Fund has been nominated for the Sports Industry Awards. The fund demonstrates the commitment of Barclays and the Football Foundation to ensure longevity and sustainability at each and every site that the programme funds.
To have this commitment recognised by the judging panel is something we take great pride in. I hope the fund will support many more sites in the future.”