Futsal, a variation of the game that encourages use of ball skills and close control in a smaller space, is hugely popular in Brazil, where the midfielder played the game as a youngster.
The programme is run at Haringey Sixth Form Centre in Tottenham, giving 16-18 year olds the chance to play the sport while studying for BTEC qualifications.
It follows the same model as the Sports Industry Award-nominated Education and Football Development Centre programme, using the hook of the game to get young people who have dropped out of full-time education back into College.
Paulinho took part in some ball skill exercises and a Q&A with the group, many of whom originally hailed from Brazil.
The summer signing from Corinthians said: “It was important for me to see the group, who are at a very early stage of their career, and explain to them that they must make sacrifices to make something of their lives.
“Tottenham Hotspur means so much to me having joined in the summer, and it is great to know that the Club runs projects like this.”
For more information on Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Education and Football/Futsal Development Centre programmes,follow this link...