A group of students from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Education and Football Development Centre run in partnership with Southgate College were rewarded for their academic achievements this week.
The 10 students who received the best academic results this year were given access to Spurs Lodge to watch the first team train before meeting the players.
Participants have been referred onto the scheme via the Foundation’s Kickz and Positive Futures programmes, and also via Tottenham Hotspur Ladies.
Those involved are between 16 and 19 years old and a large number were classified as ‘NEET’ (Not in Education, Employment or Training) before getting involved in the scheme.
Since joining the Development Centre, the young people involved have re-engaged with their education while being given free access to Academy standard football coaching and National College league football.
The students are now working towards A-Level, B-TEC, NVQ and FA coaching qualifications, many with a view to going on to University, while others have earned regional football honours and even trials at professional clubs.
The Foundation also runs a Development Centre in partnership with St Thomas More College, Haringey, while a new scheme will start in partnership with Waltham Forest College during the next academic year.