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Mauricio Pochettino inspiring Tottenham youngsters to pursue careers in coaching

Posted on 26 January 2018  - 10:00

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• Club’s Manager launches Passion 4 Coaching
Passion 4 Coaching - set up and funded by proceeds from the sales of Mauricio’s recent book, Brave New World – offers training and employment pathways to passionate volunteer football coaches within Club’s local community
• Mauricio meets participants and takes part in first session nearby Club’s new stadium project
Passion 4 Coaching forms part of Club’s wider work to create employment opportunities for local young people as part of the ongoing sport-led regeneration of the area

Mauricio Pochettino has launched a new programme with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation aimed at training youngsters within the Club’s local community who have a passion for coaching.

Passion 4 Coaching sees 16- to 24-year-olds with a desire to become football coaches recruited through the Foundation’s existing outreach work and taken on a training course covering safeguarding, delivering effective coaching drills, equalities and inclusion.

The new project is being set up and funded through the proceeds of the sales of Brave New World – a recent book that provides a first-person snapshot of a season at Tottenham Hotspur under Pochettino.

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Passion 4 Coaching will see the Argentinian, our Manager since 2014, share his expertise and methods with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation coaches delivering this unique scheme.

Graduates from the programme will then be given the opportunity to work within the Club’s Global Coaching programme that educates young players at all levels, both at home and overseas, through methods developed within the Tottenham Hotspur Academy.

It forms part of the Club’s wider work to create employment opportunities for local people living within its community. Through the ongoing new stadium development scheme and sport-led regeneration of the area, 1,193 new jobs have been delivered across a range of industries, including retail, education, construction, hospitality, IT and security, with all going to local people.

Mauricio said: “Coaching has been my passion ever since my playing career was over and I know that there are many young local people who share that passion and are just waiting for the opportunity.

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“It is important for me to be able to work with the Club and its Foundation to provide that opportunity through Passion 4 Coaching – a project that we hope will change the lives of those taking part.

“Through our Global Coaching programme, there are many pathways that exist for young coaches to build on their passion and be able to develop their knowledge and skills through the Club’s outreach work, so I am extremely excited to be involved in this.”

Passion 4 Coaching was launched last night during a session of Tottenham Hotspur Kicks held at Duke’s Aldridge Academy in the shadow of the Club’s new stadium development.

Kicks has been delivered by the Club for over a decade, providing young people living on some of the area’s toughest housing estates and at high risk of becoming involved in gangs with the opportunity to take part in free multi-sports activity delivered by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. It is an example of the projects through which Passion 4 Coaching participants will be recruited.

Mauricio, along with his First Team coaching staff, offered advice and guidance to those taking part in last night’s event.  

During the course, participants will be given the opportunity to visit the Club’s Training Centre to observe First Team and Academy sessions before putting their skills into practice.

Richard Allicock, Community Development Manager, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “Passion 4 Coaching represents a huge opportunity for young people from our local community who have an ambition to become a football coach. 

“Mauricio’s support is invaluable to our staff that will be delivering the programme and he sets an example to any budding young coach hoping to pursue this as a career.”