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Local schools to represent Club in Primary Stars National Finals

Thu 14 February 2019, 13:14|Tottenham Hotspur

Two local schools have qualified to represent Tottenham Hotspur at the annual Premier League Primary Stars Schools Tournament national finals on Tuesday 21 May at Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Molineux Stadium.

An Under-11 girls team from Greenleaf Primary School and an Under-11 mixed team from Raglan Primary School will wear official Club kit as they take their place in the tournament alongside 38 other teams representing 20 clubs from the Premier League.

Over the past month, the Club has hosted three regional heats for primary schools in Haringey, Enfield, Barnet and Waltham Forest with over 650 children competing from 50 local schools.

This week, 16 qualifying teams attended the regional final at the Club’s Training Centre where, after an afternoon of competitive matches, the two teams were crowned champions.

George Marsh, Jamie Reynolds, Tom Glover and Jonathan De Bie, four of our Under-23 Academy players, paid a visit to the event to help manage the competing teams, offering words of encouragement and advice before kick-off.

Before the national final in May, the two teams will also benefit from a training session by coaches from the Club’s Academy at Hotspur Way. In this session, our coaches will give the children top tips including the importance of resting the night before, having a nutritional pre-match meal, overcoming the pre-match nerves and working as a team on the pitch.

All the students participating at the final will receive an authentic Premier League experience - wearing their Premier League club kit, using the dressing rooms at Molineux Stadium, walking out of the tunnel to the Premier League anthem and even having their matches refereed by Premier League match officials.

George Marsh, a regular for our Under-23s, said: “It’s been a great experience helping to coach the Under-11 teams today. If they put all their training into practice, and take on some of our advice, they will have a good chance of doing well at the national finals. One of the most important things about football is to enjoy it and I’m sure the players will love every minute representing the Club.”