Buffalo Bills thrill at Hotspur Way
20 October 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
The Club and NFL joined forces today (Tuesday, October 20) as the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation hosted a community event with Buffalo Bills for local school children at our Hotspur Way training facility.
As part of NFL’s ‘Play 60’ initiative, the event gave participants the chance to try their hand at both soccer and American football skills activities ahead of the Bills' International Series clash against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium this Sunday.
Hundreds of kids packed into our indoor arena and were met by a number of players from the Bills squad including quarterback Tyrod Taylor, cornerback Ron Brooks, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and kicker Dan Carpenter, as well our Belgian trio of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele.
Spurs and Bills' royalty was also on hand - our legendary former skipper and Club Ambassador Ledley King and Bills' and NFL all-time great quarterback Jim Kelly both joined in the activities and later exchanged shirts.
Below: NFL Hall of Famer and Bills' legendary QB Jim Kelly at Hotspur Way
Dareus, a frightening prospect on the pitch when in crunching NFL action, was one of the stars of the show, his smile and manner around the kids absolutely infectious.
"The kids were looking at me thinking 'look at this football player' and they took it all in, their eyes were so big, so excited, it was crazy," he said.
"I'm all about being in the community and I had a lot of fun. I remember the fire I had inside of me at that age. The kid inside of me had a real blast today."
We announced in July a 10-year partnership with the NFL for a minimum of two NFL games per year to be played during a 10-year partnership at our new stadium.
The Bills' event represents a second visit from an NFL team to our world-class training centre in Enfield, following San Francisco 49ers in 2013. We've also played host to Colts' star quarterback Andrew Luck, while Odell Beckham Jr. (NY Giants), Lawrence Okoye (San Francisco 49ers), Menelik Watson (Oakland Raiders) and Eric Wood (Bills) visited us in February.
Meanwhile, we paid a visit to Seattle Seahawks during our 2014 Tour of the US and Canada.