Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to host NHS staff football match

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Tottenham Hotspur and its global principal partner, AIA, are donating use of the pitch at Tottenham Hotspur stadium to two local hospitals for a staff football match on Monday, 24th May.

Mixed teams representing North Middlesex University Hospital and Whittington Hospital will take to the pitch wearing Tottenham Hotspur shirts.

The teams will be managed by club legends, Gary Mabbutt and Ossie Ardiles, and will receive warm-up drills led by members of the club’s global coaching team.

Both hospitals have received support from the club and its partners during the pandemic, with North Mid hosting vital services at the stadium throughout.

Daniel Levy, chairman, Tottenham Hotspur, said: “It is fitting that the final action we see on the pitch before fans return in greater numbers next season should be a tribute to those that have helped so many of us through this incredibly challenging time.

“The staff at our local hospitals are true heroes who we owe a great deal to and the club and AIA are honoured to provide this special opportunity as a ‘thank you’ for their hard work throughout the pandemic.

“We hope that all involved enjoy their day – I would say ‘may the best team win’ but both teams are winners regardless of the result.”

Dr Andy Heeps, Interim Chief Executive, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, said: “The club has supported us and the local community in many ways throughout the pandemic and we’re pleased to have now been given this fantastic opportunity.

“Following an incredibly tough year, the chance for some of our staff to play within the iconic grounds of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and be managed by a football legend will provide them with a well-deserved break.

“We look forward to seeing our friends from the Whittington on the pitch!”