This year saw a record number of students graduate with an FdA in Applied Sport and Community Development. It was also the first time that students were able to graduate from the Club’s second foundation degree course, FdSc Applied Football Coaching and Performance, which launched in 2013.
More than 43 students were presented with degree certificates from Ledley who congratulated each graduate following their completion of the two year course.
Over 80 per cent of students passed the foundation degree, which has been commended for six areas of good practice including student support and high quality work placements.
Students celebrated their achievements alongside their families at a champagne reception with two-course meal held at the stadium.
Ledley said: “All of the students should be proud of themselves. Having spoken to many of them, I have no doubt that they will go on to build bright futures for themselves within the industry.”
Special awards were handed out during the ceremony, including the Programme Leader’s Recognition Award and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Chief Executive’s Award for Outstanding Contribution.
On completion of the foundation degree, many graduates opt to continue their studies to complete a BA or BSc degree at Middlesex University, while others go straight into employment.
Hajer Ben Hassine, who graduated with an FdA in Applied Sport and Community Development, said: “I’ve really enjoyed my two years studying at Spurs. There was one point when I thought I might not be able to complete it but thanks to the support of staff and the quality of the lectures, I managed to do it and graduate from the course.
“I’m now focusing on finishing my third year at Middlesex University and am also helping out at the Professional Footballers Association which is giving me some great work experience. My end goal is to build a career working with kids and doing something I enjoy which is sport and football.”
Ciaran Hughes, 20, who also graduated, said: “Myself and my parents travelled down to London this morning from our home in Cheshire and it’s been an amazing day which we’ve all thoroughly enjoyed.
“I first heard about the foundation degree at Tottenham Hotspur when I’d just finished my A-levels and was looking for a course that combined my passion of football and science. I’ve always loved playing football but a professional career never happened for me so I made the decision to focus my efforts on becoming a sports scientist.
“I’d certainly recommend the foundation degree – if you love football, you’re interested in sport and looking to get work placements which will help set you apart from your peers then this is the course for you.”
Tottenham Hotspur was the first Premier League Club to offer a foundation degree programme to students through Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. Since it launched in 2010, the courses have been steadily growing in popularity.
Up to 60 students each year are given the opportunity to study on one of two foundation degree programmes; FdA Applied Sport and Community Development and FdSc Applied Football Coaching and Performance.
The next Foundation Degree Open Day will take place at White Hart Lane on Friday, February 19, 2016. For more information about studying on one of the foundation degree courses at Tottenham Hotspur Foundation please visit www.tottenhamhotspur.com/foundationdegree