Tottenham Hotspur star Gylfi Sigurdsson helps to launch After Cancer Exercise scheme

Haringey Independent: Spurs player Gylfi Sigurdsson at the launch of After Cancer Exercise programme (photo taken by Tottenham Hotspur) Spurs player Gylfi Sigurdsson at the launch of After Cancer Exercise programme (photo taken by Tottenham Hotspur)

Spurs star Gylfi Sigurdsson joined the club’s charitable foundation for the launch of a new exercise scheme for people recovering from cancer.

The After Cancer Exercise programme, run by Macmillan Cancer Support and Tottenham Hotspur foundation, will help people overcome the side effects of cancer and treatments.

The sessions, which are free of charge, will take place in community sports centres across Enfield and Haringey.

Monica Grey, 62, of Southgate, is recovering from breast cancer and is five weeks into her one-to-one sessions and believes the session have given her a huge boost.

She said: “I was cleared of breast cancer last year, I suffer with fatigue and extreme tiredness and it is very debilitating, it impacts on your body and mental state and emotional state.

“I was recommended by my GP for the gym course and it has given me something to focus on and it stimulates you mentally and physically. It is something you need because you become depressed with your physical appearance.

“Exercise is so important and should not be overlooked, this is a charity and really helpful.”

Icelandic midfielder Sigurdsson helped cancer patients at the official launch at Southbury Leisure centre in Southbury Road, Enfield.

He said: “The club has been trying to raise awareness throughout the season and I think the big thing is on Saturday [against Fulham] we will have the 'Get to know cancer' logos on our shirts."

“It is very important that people recovering from cancer do exercise, once you are ready to be able to do exercises it will help the process of recovery.”

The project will run over five years, supported by funding from Macmillan Cancer Support and Big Lottery.

The sessions will be tailored to fit the needs of individuals and exercise can vary from swimming to tai-chi.

The club has been supporting ‘Get to know cancer’ throughout this Premier League season, and aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer, promoting the importance of early diagnosis.

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