Ledley goes Down Under
Mon 01 April 2019, 17:17|Tottenham Hotspur
Over the weekend, Ledley King paid a visit to Oz Spurs, one of our 200 official Supporters’ Clubs, as part of his trip to Australia to promote our new Global Football Development partnership with the University of Wollongong.
The event, which was held at Eighty Proof Bar in central Sydney, was attended by over 80 members of the Sydney branch of Oz Spurs. Ledley kicked-off the evening with a Q&A session which was hosted by Paul Fellowes, the Supporters’ Club Membership Secretary, before he spent time speaking to members, signing merchandise and giving a helping hand with a raffle.
During his visit, Ledley also took in the A-League match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City, a game which saw our on-loan striker Shayon Harrison in action for the latter side.
Ledley’s trip follows Darren Anderton’s visit to Australia last month for the ‘Oz Spurs National’, an annual event where hundreds of fans from the region gather over a weekend to take part in activities such as a five-a-side tournament, a golf tournament and a brewery tour, all whilst meeting like-minded fans and watching Spurs games on TV.
Oz Spurs, which was formed in 2001, is made up of seven branches which are based in Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney and Canberra. Since forming, the Supporters’ Club has gone from strength to strength, hosting regular gatherings and special events, many of which raise money for local charities.
Ledley said: “I was lucky enough to visit Australia when the First Team toured Melbourne in 2016. It’s brilliant to be back and see members of Oz Spurs once again. We have an ever-growing fanbase Down Under and it’s always a pleasure to spend time with fans and speak to them about their love of Spurs.”
Ledley has been in Australia to promote our new Global Football Development partnership with the University of Wollongong, one of the world’s leading universities. The Club has signed an agreement to create an innovative Player Development Programme which will consist of two FA and UEFA-qualified Tottenham Hotspur coaches working with the University of Wollongong’s undergraduate and postgraduate students for 36 weeks a year over a period of five years.
We currently have 200 official Supporters’ Clubs across the world, including South Korea, India, Singapore, Lebanon, Nigeria, Australia, Bermuda, South Africa, Brazil and USA. In the UK we have 48 clubs, stretching from Cornwall to Glasgow as well as special interest groups such as Proud Lilywhites, for our LGBT+ supporters, SpursAbility, for our disabled fans, and Armed Forces Spurs for serving and former members of the British Armed Forces.