Tour 2016 - a special day in Melbourne
27 July 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
A number of players including new signing Vincent Janssen and Heung-Min Son joined forces with our Global Coaching team and Special Olympics for a coaching clinic in Melbourne on Wednesday.
Vincent and Sonny were joined by Luke Amos, Dominic Ball and Anton Walkes for the session with athletes from Wangaratta District Specialist School, NE Victoria - part of the Victoria Special Olympics programme - at the city's Albert Park Oval.
Our coaching team of Andy Rogers, Ose Aibangee, Danny Hart, Chris Gillman and our Head of Global Coaching, Grant Cornwell, put the children through their paces with specialist coaching before the players arrived and the lads were soon in the thick of the action, taking part in matches before a question and answer session, autographs and a photocall.
Below: Goal! Sonny gives a high-five to a Special Olympian
Jack McNeilly, Victoria Special Olympics football coach, said the athletes - youngsters from across the state of Victoria - relished the chance to rub shoulders with our players and coaches.
"These kids have travelled from far and wide to be here, many from the equivalent distance of White Hart Lane to Old Trafford, and they loved every minute," he said.
"It means the world to them. We all watch the Premier League in Australia and all love it. All the kids have their favourite teams but I reckon you'll have plenty more Spurs supporters after today!
"The coaches were absolutely fantastic. It's great for Special Olympics and some of the tips that you guys passed on we'll take with us and use in the future. The players got right in amongst the kids as well and it's great to see how they mixed. It just shows, we all love football."
Grant added: "These clinics are incredibly important for us. We've had a relationship with Special Olympics for the last 10 years and wherever we go, we always make sure that we link up with the local organisation.
"The kids were amazing and this is always one of our favourites sessions. There is so much enthusiasm from the kids and a real appreciation from them of what we're doing. To then have the players come to visit is the icing on the cake."
Spurs and Special Olympics
Tottenham Hotspur has been a global partner of Special Olympics since 2009 as well as working closely with Special Olympics GB and its Unified Football programme on a local level through Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
The charity aims to provide sporting opportunities for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the world, with international and regional summer and winter Games regularly taking place.