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Club gives unique training opportunity to aspiring young footballers in Indonesia

Wed 08 January 2020, 11:24|Tottenham Hotspur

The Club has given a unique training experience to 100 aspiring young footballers from Indonesia, as part of a groundbreaking football coaching programme which is delivered in partnership with our Global Principal Partner, AIA.

The initiative saw coaches from our Global Football Development team visit locations across the country to watch over 2,000 young players, before selecting 100 to take part in an elite training camp at Thanyapura Health & Sport Resort in Phuket, Thailand. It forms part of an Asia-Pacific-wide programme that identifies promising young players and helps create pathways for them to progress to professional level.

During the camp, our coaches delivered technical training underpinned by the Club’s renowned coaching methods, as well as classroom-based sessions to help the youngsters players develop their football knowledge and learn about the importance of healthy living.

AIA Indonesia and Tottenham Hotspur have also held their first elite camp for female players, which saw 36 young women train and participate in competitive matches. It comes after AIA Indonesia recently announced its sponsorship of the Persija Jakarta Women’s Team.

The programme demonstrates a shared commitment from AIA and Spurs to nurturing talent in the region and helping young people live healthier lifestyles.

The Club’s Global Football Development coaches will continue this commitment with visits to clinics in Jakarta and additional camps in February 2020.

Anton Blackwood, International Development Manager, said: “We’re delighted to give these young players the opportunity to experience our coaching – the talent and enthusiasm on show was excellent!

“Working alongside AIA Indonesia, our aim is to deliver world-class training to players across the country. We believe we have achieved this through the initiative.”

Adrian New, Director of Football Initiatives at AIA Group, said: "As Tottenham Hotspur's Global Principal Partner, we are using the power of football to help people in Asia live healthier, longer and better lives.

“As part of this, we have successfully delivered a number of football coaching programmes, including AIA Soccer for the Nation, which has benefitted thousands of young players.”