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Global coaching team inspired in New York

Posted on 27 July 2017  - 14:00

It’s 2,000 and counting for our Global Coaching team as we flew out of New York for Nashville on Wednesday.

School children from Barclays' Good Shepherd initiative with our Global Coaching team at the MetLife StadiumThe youngsters all ready to playCoach Aaron Tilbrook speaks to the youngsters at the MetLife StadiumThe school children outside the MetLife StadiumLedley King takes a wider view of at five-a-side tournament at the MetLife StadiumGlobal coaches Shaun Harris and Chris Gillman interact with Special Olympic athletes at Union City High School, New YorkShaun, Chris and Aaron talk to Special Olympic athletes at Union City High School, New York

That’s the number of young footballers, coaches and Special Olympic athletes the Global team have coached so far on another successful tour of the USA.

Two key events were held at iconic venues in New York. The first was in conjunction with Good Shepherd, one of Barclays’ CSR initiatives, at the MetLife Stadium, home of both New York Giants and Jets of the NFL, on Monday and our Global team delivered a coaching clinic for 80 youngsters from schools in the Bronx.

That was followed by a five-a-side tournament at the same venue with legendary former captain and Club Ambassador acting as a mentor to the teams.

Below: Global coach Shaun Harris with youngsters at the MetLife Stadium

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Global Coaching Manager Andy Rogers said: “The MetLife Stadium was a phenomenal space for us to work in and interact with these school children aged from 10-12.

“They’d never experienced anything like it and the looks on their faces when they came out of the tunnel to our Spurs music was certainly inspiring for us as coaches as much as it was for them.

“The schools really embraced the opportunity and it was the chance to give them a flavour of Tottenham Hotspur. I know from the feedback from staff and the players themselves that they thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”

On Wednesday, the Global team delivered a coaching special for 25 athletes from Special Olympics New Jersey at Union City High School, a rooftop venue commanding fantastic views of the city’s skyline, continuing our long-term support of Special Olympics, a global charity providing sporting opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.

Below: New Jersey Special Olympics athletes at Union City High School

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Andy added: “Once again, it was an inspirational space to work in and once again, the response from the athletes was phenomenal - one of the true highlights of our trip so far!

“It was the first time these athletes had interacted with us or any other Premier League club. It was sensational and we had some really positive feedback from their staff.

“We’re two cities down now, we’ve coached and worked with 2,000 players, coaches and athletes and we can’t wait to get going in Nashville.”