On Saturday, July 1 2017, AIA and Tottenham Hotspur coaches delivered a one-off session for a charity situated in Phuket, Thailand. Forming after the 2004 Tsunami, which resulted in the death of almost 9000 residents. The purpose of the charity was to rebuild the local community, in particular the school which was destroyed by the earthquake. The charity creates vocational opportunities by teaching, developing and enhancing language skills to 1200 students. The aim of this is to help these individuals build and grow their life and employability skills,
with the view of securing future employment in Phuket’s tourism industry.
The Tottenham Hotspur coaches delivered two coaching clinics to 30 students, both boys and girls. Graham Haslam, the charity organiser, said “The impact that coach Anton had on the students was phenomenal, none of the students have ever had the opportunity to partake in a football session run by English Premier League coaches and they truly appreciated it.”
Anton Blackwood, Tottenham Hotspur coach, concluded “This was an unbelievable experience and it’s the reason why I do the job I do, to see the joy on the children’s faces was incredible. Hopefully I get the opportunity to visit again as I believe with AIA and Tottenham Hotspur’s support we can impact these young people’s lives.”
Project WeCan is a business-in-the-community initiative which aims to provide opportunities and care for students who are disadvantaged in learning with view to empower these individuals to pursue and further their studies in higher education. Project WeCan utilise an ‘adopt a school’ model whereby each school is joined with a corporate partner in a multi-year collaboration who offer financial and volunteer support. Currently, there are 51 schools and 43000 students benefitting from the initiative - with AIA, our global principal partner, one of the supporting corporate partners of Project WeCan. Starting on Monday 10 July, Tottenham Hotspur coaches, Danny and Anton, delivered a series of training sessions over a four day period in Hong Kong. The players at present were students aged 13-15 years old from seven underprivileged schools in the local community. The purpose of the training was to provide unique opportunities, which are not always available, to take part in coaching sessions delivered by Tottenham Hotspur coaches. Despite the hot weather, all of the players expressed how they thoroughly enjoyed the training sessions and cannot wait for more to be available in the future. One student from Ng Yuk secondary school said, “I was very excited with the opportunity to take part in a training session by the Spurs coaches, this was a very memorable experience for me.”
A member of Project WeCan committee commented, “We would like to thank AIA and Spurs for the great support, and for providing the students with such a great experience. We encourage all of the students to follow their passion and to do their best, both on and off the football pitch.”
For more information about Project WeCan please click here.
Two Global Coaching coaches visited Jiangsu Suning FC, Nanjing, China, this past weekend and delivered three 2-hour sessions to over 50 players of the local community. Feedback from parents and coaches was extremely positive - despite language barriers - the Global Coaching team were able to transmit the 'Spurs Way' ideas and knowledge to the players, aged between 7 - 13 years old. The rationale of the programme was to identify players for the Thanyapura Training Camp which is due to take place in February 2018.
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