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Spurs bring elite coaching programme to SA



English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur has announced a partnership with Investec, the Club's Cup shirt partner, to bring its acclaimed Global Coaching Programme to South Africa throughout 2012-13.

The courses will take place in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town and provide 3 200 places for boys and girls, between the ages of 8 and 17, for coaching by some of the club's leading youth coaches.

These coaches have all previously worked with the Club's Academy that has, over the past few years, been responsible for the development of first-team players such as Steven Caulker, Jake Livermore and Andros Townsend.

Tottenham Hotspur is renowned around the world for playing entertaining and attacking football. The Club's Global Coaching Programme shares this philosophy, coaching players to play the game with the same style and approach as world-class superstars such as Gareth Bale, Mousa Dembele and Emmanuel Adebayor.

Commenting on the announcement of the partnership Mark Jones, Head of Tottenham Hotspur's Global Coaching Programme said: "This is a fantastic partnership for the Club and we are looking forward to working with Investec to deliver these coaching courses across South Africa.

"The Club has a long association with South Africa and through our ongoing relationship with Supersport United we are aware of the huge amount of talent and passion for football that exists across the country. Our goal is to deliver the best learning environment possible to encourage and develop the skills and techniques of all those players that attend the courses, whatever their level."

Janet Larsen, Investec South Africa's head of marketing, says Investec is proud to be involved in this initiative with Tottenham Hotspur to bring elite coaching to the country.

"This new partnership is an extension of an already strong relationship we have with Tottenham Hotspur. The development of talent, combined with a passionate team spirit, makes this a great association for Investec. This programme will be beneficial to young South African soccer players who will be exposed to a wealth of football talent and greats of the game who will share their skill and knowledge with these aspiring youngsters."

The first course will take place at St David's School, Johannesburg from Monday December 10 to Friday December 14 and will be attended by Tottenham Hotspur ambassador and former captain, Ledley King.

Each course will be run by four professional full-time coaches from Tottenham Hotspur's Global Coaching Programme, who be assisted by several South African coaches, to ensure all those attending have the chance to learn how to play the 'Tottenham Hotspur way'.

To find out more information about all the courses taking place across Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town and for details of how to reserve a place, please go to www.tottenhamhotspur.com/coaching-sa.

Tottenham Hotspur has enjoyed a long relationship with South Africa, having toured there in 2003, 2007 and 2011. In addition to Investec's association with the Club, which is now in its third season, Spurs also has an established relationship with SuperSport United, partnering with the South African Club to deliver an elite youth development academy.They have also signed Bafana Bafana captain Bongani Khumalo, who is currently on loan in Greece.

For the past six years Tottenham Hotspur has also worked with SOS Children's Home, the world's largest orphan charity to finance the construction and upkeep of an orphan house in Rustenburg.

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