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Cup-winning hero leads latest coaching clinic in China

15 December 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

David Howells this week joined our Global Coaching team in Guangzhou, China, for the latest part of our ongoing grassroots football work in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover and the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation.

The 1991 FA Cup winner has been working alongside lead coach Ose Aibangee and the Guangzhou Education Bureau in delivering a week-long workshop to PE teachers in the province.

David and Ose have been sharing the Club’s philosophy on how it develops young players within its Academy – which has produced the likes of Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Josh Onomah in recent years.

These ideas will then be put into practice by the PE teachers for hundreds of underprivileged children in Guangzhou identified by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, one of the country’s largest youth charities.


It forms part of the Club’s wider work to help develop the game at grassroots level across the world using authentic coaching methods.

David Howells made 335 appearances between 1986 and 1998 having progressed through our junior ranks and is perfectly placed to relay Tottenham Hotspur’s famous footballing philosophy.

He said: “It is an honour for me to be involved in the Club’s Global Coaching work and pass on my experience to grassroots coaches and young players in China.

“Tottenham Hotspur has always had a rich tradition of developing young players - from when I came through the system in the 1980s up until the present day and some of the boys you see in today’s First Team.

“We are therefore well-placed to share our philosophies in countries such as China, where the game is still developing, and we have seen the groups we have been working with this week take a lot on board and make notable progress.”