• Six clubs from the Premier League and four from the English Football League will be sending supporters to the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017
  • Foundations and Trusts have taken advantage of group ticket offer to attend a session of World Para Athletics at the London Stadium
  • Former England international Jermaine Jenas and Watford captain Troy Deeney among the players to support effort of clubs and organisers

Top football clubs from across the UK have given their official backing to the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017, treating their Foundations and communities to a unique opportunity to watch the biggest sporting event in 2017 next month.

On exactly two weeks until the opening night, six clubs from the Premier League and four from the English Football League have taken organisers up on a special group offer to attend a session of the World Para Athletics Championships taking place between 14-23 July at the London Stadium.

The Foundations of Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Fulham as well as the Trusts of Watford, Leicester City and Charlton and Queens Park Rangers in the Community have all signed up to the offer. In addition, the Foundations at Manchester United, Everton and West Ham United have officially backed the drive to support the world’s best Para athletes.

The World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 kick off the Summer of World Athletics and the biggest sporting event in the world in 2017 with the IAAF World Championships following at the London Stadium from 4-13 August.

As well as some of the nation’s best clubs, Premier League stars past and present are getting behind the World Para Athletics Championships with former England international Jermaine Jenas joining Watford FC captain Troy Deeney in vocalising his support.

Jermaine Jenas, former England international, said: “It is great to hear that football clubs are backing the World Para Athletics Championships. I know through experience that various clubs do great work in the community and I’m delighted to hear at least two of my former clubs, Spurs and QPR, will be bringing groups down. I’d encourage more clubs to do so if they can.”

Troy Deeney, captain of Watford FC, said: “I am a great supporter of the work Watford do in the community and I know through the Watford Community Sports and Education Trust and my own Troy Deeney Foundation, how much opportunities like these can make a difference. Watford is a great club and it is fantastic that they can work with the organisers of the World Para Athletics Championships to offer communities the chance to watch a once-in-a-lifetime session of inspiring sport.”

Michael Harrington, Disability Manager at the Palace for Life Foundation, said: “We at the Palace for Life Foundation are delighted to support the World Para Athletics Championship and to be able to give the young people in our Inclusive Eagles program the chance to see for themselves what can be achieved.”

John Shiels, Chief Executive at the Manchester United Foundation, said: “The World Para Athletics Championships is a great event to be a part of. I hope that everyone is inspired by the incredible performances of the athletes and that everyone who attends has a great experience.”

Joe Lyons, Chief Executive at the West Ham Foundation, said: “Everyone at the West Ham Foundation is excited by the Summer of World Athletics taking place at the London Stadium and it all starts with the World Para Athletics Championships. We have been serving east London and Essex for over 25 years and the World Para Athletics Championships are an important event for our communities.”

Claire Streeter, Social Inclusion Co-ordinator at Middlesbrough Foundation, said: “Our vision is to raise aspirations and build stronger communities through sport, education and health and our visit to the World Para Athletics Championships fulfils all of those aims.”

Greg Baker, Head of Saints Foundation and Community Partnerships, said: “Saints Foundations is delighted to support the World Para Athletics Championships in London. The event will inspire people across the world but particularly those from communities across the UK.”

Groups including charities, social enterprises and community clubs are welcome to bring a group to #FillTheStadium at the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017. Tickets at £5 for adults and £3 for children are available at tickets.london2017athletics.com by using the code GROUPS at the checkout page. For more information, contact Calum Campbell at ccampbell@london2017.org.uk.