Mike Iupati underlined just what it meant to the San Francisco 49ers to join us for a Community event at the Training Centre on Monday.The NFL giants are in London for their Week 8 match-up against Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.They touched down on Monday afternoon – just a couple of hours later, they arrived at our Enfield base for a the joint event with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, putting students from the nearby Nightingale Academy through their paces in football and American Football skills.Mike and his team-mates enjoyed every minute, rubbing shoulders with a number of our first team squad to make the students’ day.It’s the second time the 49ers have played at Wembley – they beat the Broncos in 2010 – and the second time they have joined us for a Community event.“I’m happy to be back,” Mike told us at the event. “It’s awesome to be here and to get the chance to work with the kids. It’s a real honour for me and the rest of the guys.“It’s huge thing for the 49ers as well, supporting the kids. There is always such a great spirit from the kids. It’s great to help out in the community.”Since the 49ers were here in 2010, they’ve lost out in the Divisional Championship (one step from the Super Bowl) and, even more heartbreaking, in the Super Bowl itself earlier this year, when they were beaten by Baltimore Ravens.Mike admitted the agony of being so close was certainly a driving force. “We have a great coaching staff, great players and we all buy into the plan,” he said.“We’ve got to go out there, work hard every day and try to perform on game day.“Losing the Super Bowl is the hardest feeling, definitely, but we’ll keep working and hopefully this year will be a good one. The desire certainly drives everyone on and it’s important for this group. As I said, we have great players and we’ve just got to out there and play 49er football.”
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