Players pass on advice to schoolchildren before tournament
27 April 2018|Tottenham Hotspur
The Club’s Under-23 players this week helped local schoolchildren prepare for this year’s Premier League Schools Tournament, which is being held at King Power Stadium in Leicester on Wednesday 23 May.
An Under-11 girls’ team from Rhodes Avenue School and an Under-11 boys’ team from Weston Park Primary School will wear official Club kit as they take their place in the tournament alongside 40 other teams representing the 20 clubs from the Premier League.
Jack Roles, Shilow Tracey, Kazaiah Sterling and Dylan Duncan gave some top tips to the players, including the importance of resting the night before a game, having a nutritional pre-match meal, overcoming the pre-match nerves and working as a team on the pitch.
Over 600 young people from 77 schools competed for a place in the finals after taking part in a series of heats hosted by their local Premier League club. Following the group stages, the tournament will take on a knockout format with the Premier League Schools Tournament champions being crowned and presented with a replica Premier League trophy.
All the students participating on the day will receive an authentic Premier League experience – wearing their club’s kit, using the dressing rooms at the King Power Stadium, walking out of the tunnel to the Premier League anthem and even having their matches refereed by Premier League match officials.
Under-23s midfielder Jack Roles said: “It was a great experience helping to coach the girls and boys. There are some great players in both the Club’s teams. If they put all their training into practice and take on some of our advice, they will have a good chance of reaching the final. One of the most important things about football is to enjoy it and I’m sure the players will love every minute representing the Club.”
Hannah Burridge, captain of the Rhodes Avenue School team, said: “I’ve had a great day at the Spurs Training Centre, meeting the players and asking them questions. They gave us some tips on how to prepare for the final and it’s inspired me to do my best. I can’t wait to put on the Spurs kit and play at the King Power Stadium.”