Spurs in South Korea
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It was training followed by soccer clinics for the players on day two of the tour of South Korea ahead of our participation in the Peace Cup...
The first full day for the boys in South Korea and the alarm calls were duly made at about 8am before breakfast and a training session at the hotel gym - what better way to shake off a bit of jet lag?
Chris Hughton was first to arrive in the hotel lobby and looked like he was about to apply a very British solution to the Seoul rush-hour traffic...
It was then off to the Hyo Chang Public Stadium for an event hosted by Standard Chartered Bank who are arranging some charitable activities before of the start of the Peace Cup. On this occasion it was a community fun day including soccer clinics for the young children of Standard Chartered staff and customers, with a ballot having been run to determine which 80 lucky youngsters got to meet and train with the Spurs players.
At the excellent Hyo Chang venue - all the football facilities out here seem to be a bit special - it was a hive of activity as the children and their parents awaited the arrival of the players. Balls were being kicked around all over the pitch and Standard Chartered CEO Mervyn Davies and our Finance Director Matthew Collecott (both pictured, right) got very much into the spirit of things and had a kick-about with the kids.
Minutes later there was great excitement as the players made their way into the arena and the kids lined up in their nominated groups as the Spurs party was welcomed to the event before, in a much appreciated gesture, Executive Director Paul Barber made a greetings speech on behalf of the Club in Korean. It must have been quite a witty speech as there were cheers and laughter from the parents and Standard Chartered staff.
Also in attendance were three members of South Korea's 2002 World Cup squad - captain Myung Bo Hong, Tae Yeong Kim and Jeong Hwan Yun - who were presented with signed shirts from the Spurs party.
After a photocall, the children split up into groups of eight and two or three players were assigned to each group to run a coaching session. Our lads really get into these occasions and the joy they bring is so evident on the faces of the youngsters.
Robbie Keane's group were particularly impressed with his trick of balancing the ball on his head, the ever-smiling Michael Dawson became a goalkeeper in his group's game, while Michael Carrick 'high-fived' each of his teammates after scoring a goal in his side's mini-match against Teemu Tainio's.
Somebody commented that the kids would play all day given the chance, to which one of the staff responded 'so would the lads'. I think they would've too, but another training session was looming and the players distributed Spurs goodie bags to members of their group before signing autographs for each child.
"It is a great feeling for us and the kids," said Martin Jol before departing. "There was a very good atmosphere. I already knew the love for football there is out here, South Korea is one of the main football countries in the world nowadays."
From Richard Hubbard in Seoul