Academy Manager John McDermott was delighted with the response of our Academy players as they kicked-off their Level Two Coaching Courses in association with the PFA over four days last week.
The lads began with a four-day course with the PFA's Head of Coaching Jim Hicks and Phil Church with assistance from Academy coaches Alex Inglethorpe and Chris Ramsey and an added bonus - Luka Modric!
The four days represented an initial assessment of the lads and they will now go away and practice in a 'work experience' environment before a final assessment between Christmas and Easter.
The players were assessed both in practice and theory of coaching. "We've 20 lads here, we had a free weekend and it was the perfect time to try the coaching," explained John. "There are a number of things we can take out of it, not just football, but just as importantly how the individuals project themselves in front of groups and how they impose their character, confidence and professionalism.
"They did some basic training on Thursday and then worked with our Under-Sevens, Eights and Nines in the Dome on the Friday night. On Saturday the 11s, 12s and 13s all came in and then the 15s and 16s on Sunday, so it was a really good in-service training weekend for all the Academy.
"There are some budding Redknapps and Capellos in there, that's for sure - some really good coaches. Kudus Oyenuga was outstanding, he has a brilliant personality, Jake Nicholson, Paul McBride really came out of his shell. Every one of them had done a really good session by the Sunday and I felt quite positive about it."
LUKA HELPS OUT
John described Luka Modric as ‘inspirational' after he joined in with sessions as he works his way back from a fractured fibula.
The Croatian playmaker has been out since the end of August but is beginning to move more and more comfortably.
John added: "Luka is fantastic, inspirational and a really good role model. When he joins in, there is a really good vibe. We've been working with Luka regularly as part of his rehabilitiation and the young players get so much out of it with some of the advice the senior players give, the way they do things, the pace they do things, their strength. It's great for the younger boys."
Calum Butcher joined the likes of Sam Cox, Steven Caulker, Adam Smith and Oscar Jansson in making his Football League debut this week.
The defender played a full shift for Barnet in a 1-1 draw against high-flying Bournemouth in League Two.
He is the final of our Under-19 players to step into the Football League arena with the likes of Jonathan Obika and Andros Townsend doing the same last season - and not forgetting that Dean Parrett and Ryan Mason also made their debuts here at Spurs!
"I'm delighted for Calum because it's been a bit of a mill stone around his neck," added John. "All his team-mates have made their debuts but he's suffered with illness and he's probably been green with envy as his peers play league football all over the country.
"Barnet needed a centre-half and their manager Ian Hendon spoke to us today (Wednesday) and was very complimentary about him."