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Coaching SA football's future

Posted on 23 July 2011  - 12:00

Tony Parks and Clive Allen coached a special training session for U17 players at the SuperSport Tottenham Hotspur Academy.

Tony Parks and Clive Allen coached a special training session for U17 players at the SuperSport Tottenham Hotspur Academy.

Goalkeeping Coach Tony put three budding stoppers through their paces while legendary striker and current First Team Coach Clive ran drills with seven young frontmen.

It all took place at the home of AFC Randburg as part of our on-going investment in the future of South African football through the joint Academy.

Established in 2007, SuperSport Tottenham Hotspur has become one of the leading football Academies in South Africa, with young players regularly given the opportunity to train at the top Premier League facilities on offer at Spurs Lodge and coaches from both clubs sharing training methods.

Most recently we have seen the transfer of Bongani Khumalo, a product of the SuperSport United side that won three PSL titles in a row, join Tottenham Hotspur following a successful trial.

And both Tony and Clive were impressed with what they saw out of the latest crop of talent.

Tony said:

“The attitude, the application and the ability they showed was first class. The three young lads that I worked with were always training with a smile on their face, they worked extremely hard and they were very talented – so I’m really pleased I met them. These lads have got good agility and good natural speed around the goal, they maybe need to polish up on their technical side at times but if they continue working like that every day of the week, they’ll have a chance.”

Clive added:

“The boys I worked with were a little bit uptight and embarrassed perhaps to start with but once they got going and relaxed they enjoyed it and played with a smile on their face. We had some fun and a few competitions and you start to see the technique that they have, which improved as the session went on and there was some real quality there – they were scoring goals at will by the end which was great to see.”