Tour 2019 - coaching session showcases talent in Shanghai
Thu 25 July 2019, 07:46|Tottenham Hotspur
- Global Football Development coaching team and Australia's University of Wollongong give local youngsters the opportunity to experience new Global Football Programme.
Young footballers were given a taste of our Global Football Development's partnership with the University of Wollongong (UOW) in a special coaching session in Shanghai on Thursday morning local time.
Our Global coaches Anton Blackwood, Shaun Harris and Aaron Tillbrook were joined by legendary former captain and current Club Ambassador Ledley King for a 90-minute football showcase at the Jing'an Stadium.
Our coaches worked meticulously with the youngsters, honing skills and helping them learn new drills through translators while Ledley floated between groups, allowing them to tap into all his experience. At the end of the session, Ledley fielded questions in a Q&A session before signing autographs and posing for photographs.
The session was designed to give local talent in Shanghai an opportunity to experience the UOW Tottenham Hotspur Global Football Programme, which will commence at the University of Wollongong in February, 2020. Over the next five years, the programme will pioneer the next generation of football talent at the University’s picturesque Wollongong campus, located near Sydney, Australia.
Professor Alex Frino, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) at the University of Wollongong, said: "We are delighted to be partnering with one of the best football clubs in the world, and particularly one that shares our personalised approach to helping people reach their full potential. This partnership continues the University of Wollongong’s long history of combining sport with a world-class education that prepares sportspeople for life.
"As well as helping our students improve their playing ability and education, this unique programme will strengthen the place of football within our University and help foster the next generation of football talent in the Asia-Pacific region. We are excited to be able to contribute to developing players in one of the fastest-growing sporting codes – a code that is becoming ever more important in both Australia and China."
Our Head of Global Football Development, Andy Rogers, said: “The Club has a fantastic track record in developing young players through its Academy, and we are delighted to be taking these authentic methods to Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. The University has a long history of sporting success and we look forward to working with them to help grow the game and identify the next generation of talented footballers."