DEJAN KULUSEVSKI SURPRISES ASPIRING FOOTBALL COACHES WITH TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FOUNDATION

Tottenham Hotspur winger Dejan Kulusevski yesterday surprised a group of aspiring football coaches at a session run by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. The session was part of the Foundation’s bumper week of February half-term activities taking place at Duke’s Aldridge Academy, on the east side of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Kulusevski visited the school after taking part in an open training session at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, surprising participants on the ‘Spurred 2 Coach’ programme and taking the opportunity to greet players in a girls’ football session. Spurred 2 Coach is a programme set up for young adults without qualifications, but who have an interest in coaching, in Haringey, Enfield and surrounding boroughs.

It runs over four-day sessions during half-terms, with participants completing workbook tasks before sessions that allow them to put theory into practice. The Foundation then helps fund and support them on to the FA Introduction to Coaching Football qualification (previously known as the FA Level 1 in Coaching Football).

“Before he arrived, I’d been saying how I thought I’d be able to coach a pro, so when I saw him come in, I couldn’t believe it – my heart started going crazy! Because he’s so good, he got what I was coaching straightaway and that obviously helped the others. It was just a great, surreal experience. This week’s been really good. I’ve grown up around the game, but you don’t necessarily see all perspectives and Spurred 2 Coach has helped me see things from a coach’s point of view.”

Kristian, 20, a lifelong Spurs fan from Edmonton Green, led the session involving Kulusevski

After the session, Dejan Kulusevki remarked: “That was amazing. I’m happy to see good people working for good things in life, so I’m very happy I met them. I hope I gave them some smiles. They looked like really good coaches and I hope they’ll be coaches in the future, helping all levels of player to become better.”

He also shared how he loves helping young players himself, adding: “We’ve played a lot of football this year, so there’s been plenty of chances to help, and providing help is the best thing in life.”

Andre Thomas, Foundation project coordinator, who leads the Spurred 2 Coach programme, said: “With the amount of people continuously falling and staying in love with football, we’ve recognised the importance of and demand for good quality coaches, and the opportunity coaching can provide for young people to build their confidence, especially in the Spurs heartlands of north London. Having Deki along today was a real endorsement for these young people and we hope they’ll continue on to coach in the community, inspiring others and demonstrating opportunities available to them.”

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