John joins the Sokka Kings!
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Academy manager John McDermott will make up part of the judging panel as the Spurs-inspired reality TV hit Sokka Kings reaches its climax this week.
The club has worked very closely with Sokka Kings - where under-19 footballers showcase their talents - advising the coaches and producers as the concept of finding the brightest young footballing prospects got underway.
Broadcast on SABC1, it is anticipated that Sokka Kings will become the most-watched reality show on South African television.
The winner will spend a week training within our Academy at Spurs Lodge with the opportunity meet and mix with the likes of Robbie Keane, Ledley King and Jermain Defoe. He will get the chance to watch a home game from the directors' box and be introduced to the fans at half-time, with footage of his exploits on Sokka Kings being shown on the Jumbotron.
John explained: "This show is basically a legacy of the club's tour of South Africa back in the summer of 2003.
"It's a whistle-stop tour for me, I'll meet the five finalists on Thursday, the show is on Thursday evening and I travel back on Friday night.
"The winner will be announced and then have a week with us here at Spurs Lodge.
"It will be a great experience. I've never been out to South Africa myself and I'm sure that will also be a fantastic experience for the lad who wins it to come over to us and train at Spurs Lodge.
"I'm also hoping to bump into South African national coach Stuart Baxter. I know him well, he's a very talented coach and we worked together at the FA. I spoke to him last week and even though I'm only there for about 36 hours, hopefully I'll get to meet him."
"When I was with the England set up we played against a few African nations and there are some very talented kids out there.
"The African teams I've seen at youth and senior levels have a fluidity to their attacking play and a lot of experts says that a World Cup winner will come from the African continent in the next 15 years."