Andre and coaching staff work with Foundation to inspire local youngsters
Andre Villas-Boas and his first team coaching staff led a Tottenham Hotspur Foundation football session at Northumberland Park Community School, Tottenham, on Thursday.
Our Head Coach, along with Steffen Freund, Luis Martins, Tony Parks and Jose Mario Rocha, gave around 20 local teenagers a unique opportunity to improve their football skills by taking part in the same drills used to train the likes of Gareth Bale, Mousa Dembele and Jermain Defoe.
This was the coaching team’s first outing with the award-winning Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, which has provided over 1.5 million life-changing opportunities for people in the Club’s local community over the past five years.
Its innovative programmes aim to inspire educational and sporting achievement, reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, increase employability and improve the health and wellbeing of people of all ages.
The Foundation has run football coaching at Northumberland Park School, on the doorstep of White Hart Lane, for a number of years, using the unique appeal of the Club to engage young people from the area in sport and positive activities out of school hours.
Andre and his team divided the group into two to deliver a high intensity passing drill frequently used in first team training.
The Head Coach said: “Today was just a small gesture to the huge amount of work the Foundation has been doing for quite some time.
“We hope that we have contributed to the lives of these young people today because, in many cases, their upbringings have been difficult.
“Trying to improve our local community is one of the main objectives of the Club, through the Foundation, but the work is never done. We must continue to break down barriers and create opportunities for people in this community."
Andre also spoke on the importance of young people being involved in sport, adding: “Sport is important when you are young for your co-ordination and your relationship with others in terms of the respect that you give and receive.
“You can use it to achieve ambitions and we must continue to promote it in the best way we can.
“Today, we showed the kids a couple of small exercises that we do on a daily basis and they really enjoyed it. I think all of them dream of one day being professional footballers, not all of them will make it to the top, but bringing a smile to their face is the most important thing.
“Just coming along today and learning new skills, meeting new friends, will take them away from any difficulties going on in their lives and will hopefully keep them on course for a better life in the future.”