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Opportunity of a lifetime for Development Centre students

Posted on 24 February 2015  - 16:04

Students from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Education and Football Development Centre programmes took part in a one-off mini tournament at the Club’s training centre today – with some special guest visitors.

Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Jan Vertonghen dropped in to meet the students before taking part in media interviews previewing Sunday’s League Cup Final.

Students representing all seven local colleges involved in the programme got the chance to put questions to the players and take part in skills sessions alongside them.

The Education and Football Development Centre programme is one of the Foundation’s flagship projects, offering Academy-standard football coaching alongside BTEC qualifications at colleges across the Club’s local community to young people aged 16-18 classified as NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).

Opportunities exist for students to study a full-time BTEC level 2 or 3 and NVQ level 2 or 3 courses with the potential to continue onto a foundation degree in Sports Development and Coaching run by Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation runs Centres in partnership with Barnet & Southgate College, St Thomas Moore Catholic School, Epping Forest College, Harrow College, Waltham Forest College, Haringey Sixth Form Centre and Turnford School.

Since the programme launched in 2010, more than 550 young people have been given the opportunity to study a full-time BTEC level 2 or 3 and NVQ level 2 or 3 courses.

Meanwhile, two graduates from the course are now playing professional football, with more than 20 earning trials at clubs including the Tottenham Hotspur Academy.

The programme forms part of Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s commitment to providing life-changing opportunities and a pathway for young players through to an Academy that has produced the likes of Kane and Mason.