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Tour 2015 - all smiles at Special Olympics clinic in KL

Posted on 27 May 2015  - 06:00

Nabil Bentaleb, Mousa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen and Michel Vorm joined forces with our Global Coaching Team and Special Olympics for a coaching clinic for athletes with intellectual disabilities in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday morning (May 27).

Nabil all smiles with a local youngsterMousa and Jan shows how it's doneThe youngsters take it all on boardMousa in actionGlobal Coaching Team coach Nick HardyMousa and Michel

It was smiles all-round as the lads threw themselves into the session with local schoolchildren at the Malaysia FA headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The highlight was a spell of one-on-ones between the lads and the youngsters as Nabil, Mousa, Jan and Michel showed how it should be done and then let the kids take them on!

Our Global Coaching Team also helped educate local coaches on the club's training methods.

Michel Vorm said: "It's all about having fun, we enjoyed it and the kids really enjoyed and that's the most important thing. A club like Spurs is more than a football club and when you see how welcome people make you feel over the other side of the world, it's great to be able to give them something back."

Andy Rogers, Global Coaching Team Manager, added: "This has been an unbelievable opportunity for us and we're privileged to be here in Kuala Lumpur working with the athletes from Special Olympics.

"The whole environment was fantastic, the youngsters were so excited and for the players to interact with them as they did was brilliant."

Below: Jan, Michel, Nabil and Mousa line-up with the youngsters at Malaysia FC

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Nurazida Daud, Deputy President of Special Olympics Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, added: “We appreciate Tottenham Hotspur and Special Olympics Asia Pacific for this masterclass football coaching session for our Special Olympics Malaysia coaches, helping them learn and develop new skills.

"This ensures our athletes will benefit from quality football coaching, improving their sporting abilities and build their confidence to be contributing members of society.”

As a Global Partner of Special Olympics since 2009, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has been successfully delivering joint projects to improve sporting opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities both at home and abroad.

When the team heads to Australia for the clash with Sydney FC on Saturday, a similar session will be run the previous day in partnership with Special Olympics Australia at Birchgrove Oval, open to all Special Olympics athletes from across the country.

Special Olympics and Tottenham Hotspur’s Global partnership is driven by a common goal to create social change through the power of sport. Special Olympics is the leading voice on intellectual disability, building social inclusion for this marginalised group through opportunities in Sports, Health, Education and Community Building for more than 4.4 million athletes, 1.3 million volunteers and millions more people worldwide in 170 countries.

To find out more about Special Olympics, please visit: www.specialolympics.org