BAPS Charities Launches ‘Wellbeing 4 You’ Programme with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation in London, UK
Tottenham Hotspur’s footballer Ben Davies visited BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir on Wednesday 11 April 2018 for ‘Wellbeing 4 You’, a physical fitness programme that the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is running in partnership with BAPS Charities at the Mandir.
The programme, which is delivered all year round to over 200 members, is the only project of its kind in London. The Premier League-funded programme supports the local community by offering a weight management course, regular health checks, culture-specific nutritional advice, and a range of physical activities such as seated exercises, football coaching and community walks. It aims to help decrease the members’ risk of long-term health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
The Welsh defender took part in a seated exercise session with elderly participants and helped to coach a football session for a group of youngsters from The Swaminarayan School, also in Neasden, Brent.
Davies also took part in a question and answer session with the children about the importance of equality and inclusion in football. This was organised by Kick It Out – an organisation that tackles all forms of racism and discrimination in football, to ensure the game is open and welcome to all.
Davies, Kick It Out Ambassador, said, “As a professional footballer, leading a healthy lifestyle is part of my day-to-day routine, but it’s not easy for everyone to keep fit. It’s great to see the Club supporting Hindu communities such as these to help improve their physical and mental health and ensure football is open to all.”
Rena Amin, a leading BAPS Charities volunteer, added, “Working with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to deliver ‘Wellbeing 4 You’ has been beneficial for all of those who attend the temple, whether they are young or old. Programmes like these not only improve the health of the participants, but they are also a great way of bringing the community together and breaking down cultural barriers.”
The ‘Wellbeing 4 You’ programme is part of Tottenham Hotspur’s commitment to the London Borough of Brent during its season playing home matches at Wembley.
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