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Spurs in China

Posted on 30 July 2009  - 12:00

It was a busy Thursday in China...

Spurs in China

It was a busy Thursday in China.

The lads kicked-off with community events in the morning.

As already documented on the website - CLICK HERE - Heurelho Gomes, Carlo Cudicini and Wilson Palacios visited the SOS Children's Village site in Daxing, Beijing.

SOS visit

Meanwhile, Jermaine Jenas, Vedran Corluka and Danny Rose visited the Premier League's Premier Skills coaching course at Changping Sports Bureau, Beijing. Premier Skills is an international coaching development project run by the Premier League and the British Council. It provides week-long courses to coach the coaches at grassroots level in the morning and afternoon workshops on coaching best practice and community sport development.

The course has run in parallel to the Creating Chances Community Programme for 10-13 year-old children. The Premier League has worked in close partnership with the Beijing Football Association on both initiatives.

PL Premier Skills

After lunch it was press conference time again for Harry Redknapp and Tom Huddlestone as part of the build-up to Friday's Barclays Asia Trophy final against Hull City.

Harry was asked about various transfer stories and praised Tom for his performances at centre-half in the absence of Ledley King, Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson. "He played there for us last season as well and was fantastic," said Harry.

Tom, Harry at press conference

Both Harry and Tom then met fans for the unveiling of a new official supporters club in China - 'Beijing Spurs'.

They were represented Harry McCoombe, Annebelle McCoombe, Richard Nash, Nicholas Sheffield and Blythe Fitzwiliam.

Beijing Spurs

Before training, Luka Modric and Jermain Defoe hooked up with our official Chinese website for question and answer sessions and a live web chat.

Our pictures below show Luka in full flow and with the guys from the website - from left, Fei Wang(cameraman), Jason Jiang (moderator), Luka, Bingyun Gan (PG editor) and Kon Lee (PG editor).

Luka faces the camera

Luka with Chinese web guys

The lads then departed for an evening training session at a new base - the Haidian Stadium in the Haidian district of Beijing, used as a training base by Brazil in last summer's Olympics.

The squad was split into two groups with the players who started and played the more than a half of Wednesday night's win against West Ham - the likes of Tom Huddlestone, Wilson Palacios, Luka Modric - taking a lighter session and those who played a half or less put through their paces a bit more by Joe Jordan and Kevin Bond.

That group started with light ball work before higher-tempo possession routines and finally a six-a-side match on a shortened pitch.

Safe to say they were dripping when they came off!

Haidian Stadium

Haidian Stadium

Joe Jordan