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Girls get chance to shine

Posted on 8 September 2010  - 12:00

The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's Football and Education Development Centre run in partnership with Southgate College is set to enter its second year.

Girls get chance to shine

The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation's Football and Education Development Centre run in partnership with Southgate College is set to enter its second year.

And this year will see the start of a new programme for young women aged 16-19 following on from the success of the original scheme for young men.

The project works with young people who have 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 are able to use the hook of the game to keep these young people 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.

Pre-season training for the girls is now well underway with College starting this month. Karen Hills, Girls and Women's Development Officer at Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and also Head Coach on the programme, said: "The girls programme has started really well.

"We currently have 15 girls signed up to the programme for a minimum of two years - the majority of which will be studying a BTEC National in Sport.

"Alongside this, the girls will be taking their FA Level 1 coaching certificate and will have the potential to work for the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation towards the back end of the academic year."