Since being established in 1998, Tottenham Hotspur’s work within the community has seen substantial expansion; from 43,000 children within the first year to current figures of 170,000 children taking part over the past year.
The Tottenham Hotspur Community office has now grown to 10 full time members of staff, with 40 part time coaches delivering the coaching programme within local communities. Our programmes not only reach children and groups in Haringey, but cover, Barnet, Enfield, Essex, and Hertfordshire.
The growth of the Scheme has seen dedicated Area Co-ordinators appointed within Tottenham Hotspur Community. Over the course of our remaining home fixtures we will be featuring the work of each Area Co-ordinator, who they are and what their plans are for developing Tottenham Hotspur Community still further.
This week North London Area Co-ordinator Gary Broadhurst answers our questions:
Q. How long have you been working for the Club?
A - I have worked for the club for the last three years. I started as a part-time community coach in 2002 and joined the community team full time in January, 2004.
Q. What coaching qualifications do you hold?
A - I currently hold the Level 2 coaching certificate, and will be taking my final assessment for my Level 3 qualification in April.
Q. What previous coaching experience do you have?
A - In order to help me pass my Level 2 qualification, I worked voluntarily with Whetstone Wanderers Under 10s (my local youth football club) to gain coaching experience. I am still with the side today, who are now under 14s, and am privileged to be working with a really talented bunch of lads. I have learned just as much from them as they have from me.
Q. What made you get involved with coaching?
A - In 1999, I suffered a major injury to my right knee, which unfortunately stopped me from playing competitively. After a long lay off, I decided that as I would no longer be able to play, I still wanted to be involved in the game, so I contacted the London F.A and enrolled on the F.A Coaching Certificate course which I successfully passed in December, 2001.
Q. What does your job as North London Co-ordinator involve?
A - As North London Co-ordinator, it is my job to develop football courses for boys and girls of all abilities in Haringey, North London and here at White Hart Lane in our indoor ball court facility. I look after a team of FA qualified coaches who deliver coaching sessions in local schools and leisure centres as well as working with local Haringey youth groups and running holiday programmes.
Q. What type of programmes are you looking to develop?
A - Ongoing, I am looking to develop a variety of programmes to cater for all ages and abilities. In May we will be piloting a new Tots programme (age 4 — 5yrs) and a Girls Only programme in the Barnet area. We will also be introducing a new programme working alongside Positive Futures, a Haringey based youth inclusion programme at the New River Sports Centre.
Q. What is the best thing about the job?
A - Working with a great team, and seeing young people from different backgrounds and of different abilities enjoying football together, where they may not normally get the opportunity to do so.
Q. Do you play football?
A - I still play the odd non-competitive five-a-side, but my knee still prevents me from playing anything else.
Q. What is your top coaching tip?
A - To have belief in your own ability, to be open minded and to learn from others in your profession, and most importantly, learn from those you are coaching.
Q. Any advise for people who would like to develop a career in coaching?
A - Do as much voluntary work as possible in order to gain experience before taking your qualifications. Don't be afraid to try new ideas and techniques, and watch and learn from experienced coaches in order to adapt ideas to your style of coaching.