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Ledley visits first player development programme in South Africa

Posted on 18 December 2012  - 08:37

Ledley King thrilled youngsters with a special visit to our Elite Coaching Programme at St David's Marist School, Johannesburg, South Africa, last week.

Our legendary former captain and now Club Ambassador received a fantastic reception when he joined the local kids taking part in the first football development courses run by Tottenham Hotspur and Investec.

Ledley joined forces with the club's Global Coaching Team and coaches from our partner club SuperSport United to take young boys and girls aged 8-17 through a series of drills, exercises, skills and techniques in an enjoyable and interactive environment.

Ledley in SA

Learning to play football the ‘Tottenham Hotspur Way’ was a unique and memorable experience for the youngsters who benefited from the training programme that has produced the likes of Steven Caulker, Jake Livermore and Tom Carroll - and, of course, Ledley himself.

“Tottenham Hotspur has and still is such a big part of my life and contrary to what many believe, it’s tough being a footballer," said Ledley. "One of my roles as an Ambassador is to speak to children and to make sure they listen and learn from former players such as myself as well as our outstanding coaching staff.

“Fans love success stories and tend to identify more with players who come through the ranks, which is why Elite Coaching Programmes such as these are vital in the development of young kids.”

Youngsters in action at the development programme

Andy Rogers, International Development Officer at the Club’s Global Coaching Programme, was hopeful that the training provided by the Club would assist in the development and progression of these talented young footballers.

“This programme is designed to hone the skills of these youngsters, to help them develop a greater love for football and to expose them to the global arena.”

Youngsters at the development programme

Further courses will be taking place across Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

Each course will be run by four professional full-time coaches from our Global Coaching Programme, who be assisted by several South African coaches, to ensure all those attending have the chance to learn how to play the ‘Tottenham Hotspur way’.

To find out more information and for details of how to reserve a place, please go to www.tottenhamhotspur.com/coaching-sa