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Dec, 2012

Loudoun in London

Loudoun Soccer U12 boys Andy Zeitoun and John Flynn return home from a 7 day training camp in North London over Thanksgiving break.

Coach Maurice “Mo” Hughes and the U12 Loudoun boy’s strong presence and solid performance in a Maryland Tournament this past fall has led to an exciting opportunity and life experience for two Loudoun players. 

After being recruited at a tournament by English Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur’s Academy scouts, Andy and John were invited to attend a premier player training camp Nov 24 – Dec 2 at the Tottenham Hotspur Youth Development Academy in North London. The program gave the players the chance to train and study with the best youth talent in North London and provided exposure to some of England’s legendary staff and players.

The boy’s week consisted of monitored training sessions and meetings with the team and coaches at renowned soccer facilities. The boys were fortunate enough to participate in a once in a life time training session led by US International and Tottenham Hotspur Goalkeeper, Brad Friedel.

They also had the privilege of attending two Tottenham Hotspur matches where they were the ball boy’s at White Hart Lane, the home field of the Hotspurs.

 The Hotspurs youth development academy has 35 dedicated scouts that continuously recruit youth players to feed into Spurs development academy.

“I’m extremely proud of the boys and tremendously happy they were able to take part in such an elite training program. These boys are a direct reflection of the U12 boys team and Loudoun Soccer as a club. I’m beyond thrilled.” - Coach, Mo Hughes

Among the initial invitees were also standout U12 Loudoun players Jeff Gates, Luis Perez, and Mason Sergi who all earned “Man of the Match” in games throughout the tournament.

Here is a link of the training session led by Brad Friedel during their one of their training session: