Thursday 07 November 2013
A group of community coaches got a day to remember as they met Tottenham Hotspur head coach Andre Villas-Boas and captain Michael Dawson.
The coaches for the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation were rewarded by Barclays Premier League title sponsor Barclays as part of a scheme to thank fans and community heroes for their commitment to the local community by visiting clubs.
"When you get a form of recognition for this, it gives you the strength and more reasons to carry on"
Villas-Boas and Dawson were questioned by the coaches at Spurs' training centre and also got the chance to watch a first-team training session.
The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation provides a range of sport, health, education and training programmes aimed at creating life-changing opportunities for people of all ages in the club's local community. The Foundation regularly uses the Barclays Spaces for Sports site at White Hart Lane Sport Centre, one of 200 community sports sites that Barclays has built with the Football Foundation.
"Many of us get involved in our community because we want to have a positive impact on people’s lives and aim to make meaningful differences to the future of young people without asking for anything in return," Tim Aleshe, one of the coaches invited to the day, said. "However, when you get a form of recognition for this, it gives you the strength and more reasons to carry on. I am very grateful for the opportunity and the unique experience given to me by Barclays."
David Wheldon, Managing Director of Brand, Reputation and Citizenship at Barclays, said: "This season Barclays is saying, 'Thank you', to community heroes across the UK, who help make the Barclays Premier League what it is today. We invited volunteer coaches from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to a special morning at the Tottenham Hotspur training centre as a thank you for all their hard work in the community."