The Under-17s played in the FA’s National Deaf and Partially Sighted League at the International Futsal Arena in Birmingham recently against teams from across the UK. This is the third consecutive year that they have won the trophy in the FA’s impairment-specific tournament.
During their visit, the youngsters had the opportunity to meet Mauricio Pochettino and the coaching staff as well as the first team squad as they finished this morning’s training session. The group were congratulated by some of their favourite players including Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Deaf and Partially Sighted Futsal Development Centre is based in Leyton and provides young players with access to Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s FA qualified coaches who specialise in futsal and deaf football.
The Foundation coaches deliver weekly training sessions tailored to each player’s ability to help them develop and progress onto National Emerging Talent Camps, England Development Squads and full senior squads, including Team GB.
This season alone, three deaf and partially sighted players have progressed onto the FA’s National Emerging Talent Camps programme.
Aziz Mygenyi, a player from the Deaf and Partially Sighted Futsal team, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed myself today and it was an inspiration to meet some of the best players in the Premier League.”
His team-mate Harry Killick-Baker continued: “Today was fantastic. I met all the Tottenham Hotspur players and had my photo with them. It’s a day that I will remember forever.”
Gareth Jones, Equalities and Inclusion Manager, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “We were delighted when the team picked up the trophy for the third year running and it’s testament to the hard work and dedication they’ve put into their training sessions this season.
“For the group to have the opportunity to watch the first team at such close quarters is a once in a lifetime experience that they’ll never forget.”
The Club, through the Foundation, runs five impairment-specific development centres for young people with acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy, deaf and/or partially sighted players, blind players as well as pan disability footballers. The centres are delivered in partnership with the London County Football Association, Middlesex County Football Association and the National Football Association.
To find out more about the Club’s pan-disability centres please visit www.tottenhamhotspur.com/foundation.