The tournament featured 82 of the best youth teams from across the
US, Canada and US Virgin Islands who battled it out for the prestigious
trophy under the watchful eye of Brad and members of our Global Coaching
They selected 30 of the best players from the tournament, aged
11-15, to travel to London in April 2016 for a two-week,
once-in-a-lifetime training camp at the Club, training in our
world-class facilities and putting their talents to the test against
English Academy teams.
Brad said: “The Tottenham Hotspur America Trophy is a fantastic
concept created by the Club and a real investment into the development of youth soccer
in this part of the world. The opportunity awaiting these young players is incredible – I
know first-hand how impressive the Club’s training facilities are back
in London, having played there for a number of years, and spending time
with the Global Coaching team and the Academy will only benefit their
game. Who knows, maybe one or two players from this tournament will get
the chance to follow in my footsteps and make the journey from the
States to playing in the Premier League one day.”
The Tottenham Hotspur America Trophy is one of a number of
initiatives the Club has in place as part of its continued efforts to
help develop the game at grassroots level in North America.
It also works with two Youth Partner Clubs, one in Tallahassee,
Florida, the other in El Cerrito, California, that carry the Tottenham
Hotspur brand and benefit from having a member of the Global Coaching
team overseeing player development.
During his visit to Baltimore, Brad visited the local Supporters’
Club for a Q&A session during a live screening of the match against
West Bromwich Albion. The Premier League consecutive appearance record-breaking former
goalkeeper spoke to over 100 fans in attendance at Ryleigh’s Oyster Bar
about his memories of his time at White Hart Lane and his hopes for the
Club moving forward.
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