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Community team in South Korea

Posted on 20 July 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

The players are not the only Spurs people to have made a positive impression on the trip to South Korea - our Football in the Community team reached out to local children and have been particularly well received.

Director of Community Development Kathryn Robinson, coaches Mark Jones and Andy Rodgers (pictured below, right and left respectively), along with Club freestyler Billy Wingrove made the trip to 'the land where old meets new' to help spread the Spurs-word and run coaching sessions for youngsters during a busy six-day period.

Events included a visit to an orphanage and a number of schools in what was the first time the Community team have joined forces with the first team squad for a pre-season tour and taken their show on the road.

"It is the first time and it has been a fantastic trip - the chance of a lifetime really," explained Essex area co-ordinator Mark.

"The first day we went to a local orphanage, working with about 40 children and teaching them some of the skills and giving them some goodies. We've also done some coaching sessions with junior, middle and high schools - ages ranging from 7-18.

"The orphanage was fantastic and one of the highlights of the trip, seeing the children and the expressions on their faces - that was a great day.

"The standard of football has been very high among the children, a really good level."

Mark feels the aim of the venture out here has been two-fold, not only to bring enjoyment to the children, but also to promote the club in this part of the world.

"We aim to spread the Spurs name as far as we can and that can only benefit the club. I hope we get to do it again, it would be great."

Hertfordshire and Barnet co-ordinator Andy was equally as enthusiastic over the impact made on the trip and reports that the visit attracted a fair bit of media interest.

"We've had great feedback from the people we have been working with and the staff who have set the days up for us. From our point of view it has been brilliant.

"We have had some good coverage in the national press out here and have had quite a bit of television exposure as well.

"We thought the language barrier might be a problem before we came out here, but we have been able to run sessions for so many children and it has been really rewarding."