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Michel Vorm drops in at Tottenham UTC

Posted on 6 May 2015  - 15:19

Goalkeeper Michel Vorm turned his hand to robotics this week when he got a first look inside North London’s most innovative educational offer, Tottenham University Technical College (TUTC), ahead of its next Open Event on Thursday, May 7, 4.30pm – 6.30pm.

Based upon the site of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s sport-led regeneration scheme, TUTC   delivers a curriculum of Technology and Science for Sport, Health and Engineering for 14 to 18-year-olds.

Young people at TUTC are provided with an opportunity to study for future employment and address a skills gap within an industry that requires 2.5 million engineers within the next seven years to contribute to an extra £27 billion per year to the UK economy.

The state-of-the-art facility is equipped with over £1million worth of robotics and University-standard machinery which gives students an advantage over peers when they progress onto Further and Higher education.

During the visit, Michel took part in a robotics challenge with students which saw the Dutch international learn how to programme LEGO robots which are then controlled using iPads.

Guided by TUTC students, Michel was then taken on a tour of the school including the mechatronics lab, sport analysis suite and the 3D printer room, which left a lasting impression on the keeper.

Speaking about the visit, he said: “The students showed me how to programme robots and then control them using iPads – it’s clever stuff. I’d have loved to have had an opportunity to get involved in this kind of activity when I was at school. These kids will have a wealth of opportunities open to them once they leave Tottenham UTC – the facilities are world class and I can see why they enjoy studying here every day.”

Backed by businesses from a range of industries, including Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Middlesex University, London Stansted Airport, Festo, National Instruments, Mindsets and Fusion, students have the opportunity to access careers within fields such as sports science, product design and mechanical engineering.

TUTC is currently recruiting students in Year 10 and 12 for the coming Academic year. Students benefit from a curriculum that focuses on real-life work projects, providing an unparalleled access to future employment and an opportunity to move on to University, further education, apprenticeships and work placements.

Deborah Ramm-Harpley, Principal, TUTC, said: “Here at the University Technical College of Tottenham, we are proud to provide the most innovative educational offering in North London.

“Our message to students is that they can become the next generation of North London’s engineers, scientists and sports analysts who will one day reshape our world.

“This UTC is at the very heart of the regeneration of Tottenham’s vibrant community and will equip those who come through its doors with the education, skills, training and experience needed to open up pathways leading to careers.”

The next Open Event at Tottenham UTC is taking place on Thursday, May 7, 4.30pm – 6.30pm at Lilywhite House, 780 High Road, Tottenham, N17 0BX. For more information please visit