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Development Centre brings results after first year

Posted on 21 May 2010  - 12:00

The inaugral year of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's Football & Educational Development Centre, run in partnership with Southgate College, Enfield, has seen success both on and off the pitch.

Development Centre brings results after first year

The inaugral year of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's Football & Educational Development Centre, run in partnership with Southgate College, Enfield, has seen success both on and off the pitch.

Since the start of the academic year, the project has worked closely with a group of 38 young men aged 16 - 19, who had been identified as being not in education, employment or training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET, before being recruited to the Development Centre through outreach work already undertaken by the Foundation within Tottenham Hotspur's local community.

Through the Development Centre, the Foundation have been able to use the hook of the game to keep these young men engaged within the College Education system.

It links football theory, Academy standard coaching and affiliated league and cup competitions with a range of academic studies.

On the academic front, there has been a 95 per cent pass rate within the group for those who have taken their BTEC level 2 and 3 combined.

Meanwhile, 16 students have become FA Level 1 qualified coaches, with 16 more gaining their CYQ Gym Instructors Level 1 qualification.

Four students are now involved in the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's employment scheme.

On the pitch, the team finished third in the Football Youth Conference League Southern ‘C' section, and third in the British College South East Elite League.

As a result, 12 of the lads have gone on to represent Middlesex County at Under-18 level, with three students being given England Schools Trials.

A further four players went for trials at professional and non-league football clubs, and the team has had the opportunity to play practice matches with the Tottenham Hotspur Academy side at Spurs Lodge.

The group were also rewarded with a day's training session at the Lodge in April, attended by Harry Redknapp and his coaching staff.

There are now plans afoot to increase the number of students to 50 as of the next academic year, with the addition of an NVQ Award/FA Level 2 in Coaching Football Course.

The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and Southgate College are currently enrolling students on an equivalent scheme for young women aged 16-19.