Charterhouse has been fortunate to host Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Jaguar Land Rover and the China SoongChing Ling Foundation (CSCLF).
This 12 month programme, run in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover and the CSCLF in China, delivers a series of in-market player/coach education programmes aligned to a UK residential event. As part of this trip forty under 13 and under 14 boys visited the School to train and play football and share in a cultural experience with pupils from Charterhouse.
During their Charterhouse visit, the boys learnt about British history, culture and values and as well the rich heritage of the School. The delegation were welcomed by the headmaster and undertook a coaching masterclass with Charterhouse Director of Football and former Tottenham great David Howells. In the afternoon a CSCLF select XI took on their Charterhouse U14 counterparts and it was the visitors who triumphed in a pulsating and end to end match 2-1.
The forty delegates from across China enjoyed this UK intensive one-week football training course at Tottenham’s world-class training centre. During the trip, the children also attended the international football match between rivals England and Scotland at Wembley.
The Jaguar Land Rover and Tottenham Hotspur partnership is significant because it fuses two celebrated British icons that are revered for doing things in “the right way” – with style, grace and success. While both can recall glorious pasts, it is the impact they are making in the present that is helping them to stand out: Tottenham Hotspur is taking its place in this season’s UEFA Champions League and Jaguar Land Rover is on course to achieve a record number of global sales in 2016, supported by its China market performance.
The day concluded with a cultural exchange and a passing of gifts between 40 Charterhouse fourth year pupils and their Chinese visitors.
In short, this was a thrilling experience for all involved with Director of Sport, Nick Beasant commenting “we are proud of our association with Tottenham Hotspur and this visit highlights what excellent opportunities such a partnership can offer”.