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Football meets Football!

Posted on 27 October 2010  - 12:00

Michael Dawson got to grips with a new kind of ball on Tuesday, replacing kicking for throwing as part of a joint community event with the San Francisco 49ers.

Football meets Football!

Michael Dawson got to grips with a new kind of ball on Tuesday, replacing kicking for throwing as part of a joint community event with the San Francisco 49ers.

The 49ers, in London this week ahead of their NFL game against Denver Broncos at Wembley Stadium this weekend, joined ‘Daws', coach Clive Allen and young goalkeeper Oscar Jansson at Northumberland Park Community School as part of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and 49ers ‘Football and Football' community event.

For the 49ers stars this was another chance to get used to the British climate on a wet and windy day in north London, and for our players and local children it was an opportunity to try out an unfamiliar sport.

Defender ‘Daws' was eager to learn, taking tips from 49ers offensive linemen Mike Iupati (pictured above) and Tony Wragge.

"It's great. You go into training every day and kick a ball around, but we certainly don't do any throwing," said Michael. "I had a go and the 49ers lads were fantastic."

60 local children got the opportunity to learn skills from both sports as well as meeting 49ers Gold Rush cheerleaders and hearing from them how they keep fit.

"We are out here getting used to the weather before we play on Sunday," said 49ers first-round pick Iupati. "It's cold, but it's fun being here."

Fellow offensive lineman Wragge also braved the cold weather and enjoyed trying his hand at kicking a round football!

"It's a lot of fun. We're out here with the Spurs having a great time," said Wragge.

For Clive Allen it was a reminder of his brief spell as a kicker with the London Monarchs in NFL Europe following his retirement from football.

"I've always been a big fan of the NFL since my time with the Monarchs and it's great to welcome the 49ers to Tottenham having met a few of their players during our pre-season training camp in San Jose during the summer.

"It's also good to see this event giving local kids the chance to try something different and everyone had a great time - despite the weather!"