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Tottenham Hotspur sign women’s night safety charter

The club has said ‘it is crucial that women and girls can feel safe in approaching us’, reports Olivia Opara

Ben Davies of Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur has signed a London-wide charter dedicated to ensuring the safety of women and girls. 

Today, Tottenham Hotspur announced that it has ‘become the first football club’ to sign the mayor of London’s Women’s Night Safety Charter, dedicated to ensuring the safety of women and girls at night. The charter is a pan-London initiative launched in 2018 by Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden and London Night Czar, Amy Lamé. 

The Charter is part of the mayor’s Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy and London’s commitment to the United Nations’ Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces global initiative.

The club joins 400 organisations that have signed up for the charter since it was introduced which sets out guidance for venues, operators, charities, councils and businesses to improve safety at night for women. This includes better training of staff, encouraging the reporting of harassment and ensuring public spaces are safe.

Signatories of the charter pledge to:

  • Nominate a champion in its organisation who actively promotes women’s night safety
  • Demonstrate to staff and customers that its organisation takes women’s safety at night seriously, for example through a communications campaign
  • Remind customers and staff that London is safe, but tell them what to do if they experience harassment when working, going out or travelling
  • Encourage reporting by victims and bystanders as part of its communications campaign
  • Train staff to ensure that all women who report are believed
  • Train staff to ensure that all reports are recorded and responded to
  • Design its public spaces and workplaces to make them safer for women at night.

The Tottenham stadium has 24-hour security with an office located at its north-west corner, directly off of Tottenham High Road, where anyone feeling threatened or experiencing harassment at night can report to.

All event day stewards, 24-hour security personnel and the clubs’ shop staff will receive training in line with the charter, with a newly appointed Health and Wellbeing Lead. 

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation also delivers a range of evening programmes across the local community for women and girls to participate in football and sports. 

Donna-Maria Cullen, executive director, Tottenham Hotspur, said: “As a Club with such a visible presence in its community, it is crucial that women and girls can feel safe in approaching us to receive assistance if they feel threatened, knowing that their concerns will be heard and acted upon. Violence towards women and girls is unacceptable and we are committed to supporting the mayor of London in making our city safe and welcoming for all at night.”

Amy Lamé, London’s ‘night czar’, said: “I am delighted that Tottenham Hotspur has become the first football club to sign up to the Mayor’s Women’s Night Safety Charter, joining more than 1,500 organisations across London who have pledged to improve women’s safety. All women and girls should feel safe working, travelling or going out at night in our city, and we all have a part to play in this as we work towards building a better and fairer London for everyone.”

For more on the Women’s Night Safety Charter, visit: https://www.london.gov.uk/programmes-strategies/arts-and-culture/24-hour-london/womens-night-safety-charter 


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