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DC clinics a soccer success

Posted on 21 May 2003  - 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).

Our 'soccer clinics' went down a storm in the States as we spread Tottenham Hotspur's name in Washington, DC.

The club's Football in the Community department coached over 50 kids to an audience of 25 coaches in Germantown, Maryland on Monday night.

That was followed up by another public clinic on Tuesday, this time the full Premiership works with local team Reston FC with John Gorman, Chris Hughton, Hans Segers, fitness coach Kunle Odetoyinbo and the FITC staff putting the lads through their paces to over 100 spectators at the George Mason University.

FITC coach and former Spurs midfielder David Kerslake said both the locals and Spurs staff loved every minute of it.

He said: "The response was fantastic. We set up a soccer clinic on the Monday night and had over 50 children, ages 14, 15, 16 and plenty of girls in that.

"We also had 25 coaches come along and look at how we do our work. It all went down very well.

"We put a session on that we would do normally at an Academy evening back home and it seemed well received.

"The idea was to put a session on and the coaches could see what happens. I had an idea of the mistakes the kids would make anyway so we'd tell them and how I'd go about correcting it. That seemed to work well."

David admitted the fantastic facilities at the venues and in the USA in general were an eye-opener.

He added: "The venue in Maryland had 14 pitches and on a Saturday and Sunday they fill them six times a day, so the kids love the sport out here.

"The facilities have been second to none. On the first night, if it had rained, we had an indoor arena waiting that must have been the size of White Hart Lane!

"We've had a smashing time and it's been very worthwhile."

First-team coach Chris Hughton agreed: "I'd have to say that the standard was very good.

"Sometimes you're not sure and have to adapt to the standard of the lads, but that wasn't a problem.

"We tried to work on skills and drills and the theme of the session was about attacking play and forward movement.

"We worked on a few drills, moved into bigger areas and then into team play and allow them to express themselves in the game.

"As an exercise you rely on the lads being enthusiastic and they certainly were and the coaches also asked their questions, so as a PR exercises, it went very well."