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REPUBLIC OF IRELAND VISIT

Posted on 20 March 2008  - 12:00

We were delighted to welcome the Republic of Ireland's Cerebral Palsy Football Development Squad to the Club last weekend as part of their tour of England.

We were delighted to welcome the Republic of Ireland's Cerebral Palsy Football Development Squad to the Club last weekend as part of their tour of England.

As part of a drive to raise the profile of the growing CP game, the tourists paid a visit to our Spurs Lodge training ground, where they were met by fellow countryman Robbie Keane.

Robbie said: "It was great to see the lads at the training ground. I hope they had a good time on their visit to London and I wish them all the best for the future."

The team's visit culminated in a match against our very own affiliated team, Emerson Park Cerebral Palsy Spurs FC, held in partnership with Emerson Park School & Sports College, Hornchurch.

The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and the School are supporting the Club in developing an independent body that supports ambulant footballers with cerebral palsy across London.

It gave both teams an opportunity to further develop their match experience and ability levels, and although our visitors ran out eventual winners, it was a closely contested encounter.

As a bonus, the game was watched by a particularly impressed Mark Harper MP, Shadow Minister for Disabled People.

He said: "Having had the opportunity to speak to a number of the parents, I know how much it means to them and their children that this opportunity exists.

"The role of Spurs is vital in providing the coaching and other support to enable things like this to take place. They are setting an example which I hope other Premier League clubs will follow."

The Club would like to take this opportunity to thank the Republic of Ireland CP Development Squad for their visit, and wish them all the best for the future.