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Kevin and Sonny’s team talk

Posted on 16 May 2016  - 01:01

Kevin Wimmer and Heung-Min Son gave a team talk to young players representing the Club in this year’s Premier League Schools Tournament, taking place at Goodison Park tomorrow (Tuesday, May 17).

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The Under-13 girls team from The Compton School in Barnet and the Under-11s mixed team from Chingford CofE Primary School in Waltham Forest will wear full Tottenham Hotspur kit as they take their place in the tournament alongside 19 other teams representing clubs from the Premier League.

Over 14,000 young people and 1,700 schools competed for a place in the final after taking part in a series of heats hosted by their local Premier League club.

Kevin and Sonny gave their top tips to the players, including the importance of resting the night before, having a nutritional pre-match meal, overcoming pre-match nerves and working as a team on the pitch.

Kevin said: “Having observed the training session I’d say there are definitely some talented players there so I hope they take on board the advice we gave them for the final. One of the most important things about football is to enjoy it and I’m sure the players will love every minute of representing the Club.”

Sonny said: “It was great to meet the children and I wish them the best of luck in the final.”

Carys, 13, a pupil at The Compton School, said: “It was really exciting meeting Kevin Wimmer and Heung-Min Son - they gave us some tips on how to prepare for the final. Kevin said that it’s really important to rest the day before a big game. We’ve got some good players on our team so I think we’re in a good position to win.”

David, 11, a pupil at Chingford CofE Primary School, Waltham Forest, said: “I’ve had a great day at the Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre and meeting the players. It’s inspired me to do my best in the final and I’m really looking forward to wearing the Spurs kit and playing at Goodison Park.”

Around 400 young players will represent their local Premier League club competing in U11 Mixed and U13 Girls categories.
Following the group stages, the tournament will take on a knockout format with the Premier League Schools Tournament champions being crowned and presented with a replica Premier League trophy.

All of the students participating on the day will receive an authentic Premier League experience - wearing their Premier League club kit, using the dressing rooms at Goodison Park, walking out of the tunnel to the Premier League anthem, and even having their matches refereed by Premier League match officials.