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Global team off to a flyer in Florida

Posted on 22 July 2017  - 10:00

Our Global Coaching team have started how they mean to continue on our US tour - engaging with 150 young footballers and 150 coaches so far in two days in Orlando.

Ledley with coaches from the Greater Orlando region at our 'coach the coaches' session on FridayLedley talks to the coaches with Global Coaching Manager Andy Rogers and Aidan Mullally, our Head of Business DevelopmentVincent Janssen, Kevin Wimmer, Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama with youngsters at Lake Nona

Global Coaching kicked-off their work in Florida with a player development programme in association with Disney on Thursday with players invited from across Greater Orlando.

On Friday, the morning began with a huge 'coach the coaches' workshop for 90 Directors of Coaching. These coaches work for some of the biggest youth clubs in Orlando and are all part of Disney's soccer network across the region. Legendary former skipper and Club Ambassador Ledley King also attended the session, addressed the coaches and took part in a Q&A session.

Andy Rogers, Global Coaching Manager, reported: "We worked with over 120 players on Thursday at XL's Sports World Complex. It's the hub for soccer across Florida with players ranging from three, four-years-old through to adults. The coaches did a great job and the kids loved it - it's a real testament to them that they stayed engaged for over four hours in such hot temperatures.

"We worked alongside Disney on Friday and they invited over 90 coaches for a breakfast meet and great with myself and Ledley.

Below: Ledley addresses local coaches at the ESPN Complex on Friday

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"We spoke about what we're trying to achieve as a Club around youth player development and coach development in America, profiling our tournaments, the America Trophy and our Super Club relationships in the States.

"We spent an hour talking to them about what we do and how we do it and the importance of developing players.

"Of course, having someone like Ledley there was invaluable with all his experience of progressing through the Academy to captaining the first team.

"So that's 150 players, 150 coaches and more to come!"

Below: Christian Eriksen, Kieran Trippier, Josh Onomah and Will Miller with Special Olympians on Friday

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Indeed, our Global Coaching team helped the players engage again with the local community on Friday afternoon.

Unfortunately, heavy storms in the area prevented a coaching session with local athletes with and without intellectual disabilities at ESPN Wide World of Sports on Friday as we continue our long-term support of Special Olympics.

Nevertheless, a quick change of plan around the weather saw the athletes welcomed to the team’s hotel, where they were met by Christian Eriksen, Kieran Trippier, Josh Onomah and Will Miller for a Q&A session, autographs and photographs, kicking-off our tour-wide support of Special Olympics, with further clinics set to take place in New York and Nashville.

Below: Youngsters at Lake Nona adopt our 'Watch Us Rise' message with Mousa Dembele, Vincent Janssen, Victor Wanyama and Kevin Wimmer on Friday

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At the same time, Mousa Dembele, Vincent Janssen, Victor Wanyama and Kevin Wimmer took the short trip to Lake Nona where, again, storms ruled out a planned coaching session in the local community. Once again though, the event moved inside and all four players took part in a Q&A with the children before a signing session.