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Spurs star gives HOPE to older people

Published Thursday, 11 February 2010

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder David Bentley, along with the Mayor of Enfield Cllr Eleftherios Savva, joined residents at Skinners Court Extra Care Scheme in a range of enjoyable exercise activities to celebrate the launch of Enfield HOPE (Helping Older People Exercise).

HOPE exercise

HOPE is a Tottenham Hotspur Foundation initiative aimed at people aged 60+, encouraging them to participate in physical and social activities to improve their health, wellbeing and lifestyle.

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation staff, with the help of Enfield Council and external professionals, will deliver a range of activities - including seated exercise, yoga and Nintendo Wii competitions - to elderly residents at Skinners Court on a weekly basis.

The Enfield-based project follows on from the success of the original HOPE project launched at Jubilee Court in Waltham Abbey in October 2008.

A number of participants from the original project were in attendance at Skinners Court to give their support.

Cllr Edward Smith, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services for Enfield Council said "The HOPE initiative is very helpful for many of our frailer residents who cannot enjoy conventional exercise.

"Not only does it help them lead more active lives, but it allows them to meet other people and socialise."

Sue Ellis, Charities Officer for the Skinners' Company, added "The HOPE project offers activities that are enriching, flexible and most of all, great fun.  Age and health don't always have to be barriers in leading an enjoyable, active life.  We are delighted to welcome HOPE to Skinners Court."

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