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Strides made in Ottawa player development programme

Posted on 15 July 2011  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur Football Development coaches Paul Griffiths, Phil Heseltine and Luke Jones led a two-week Player Development Programme in Canada’s National Capital, Ottawa, and for the third year running there has been a great turnout.

Tottenham Hotspur Football Development coaches Paul Griffiths, Phil Heseltine and Luke Jones led a two-week Player Development Programme in Canada’s National Capital, Ottawa, and for the third year running there has been a great turnout.

“We were very excited to have the Spurs coaches return to Ottawa for another summer,” said Ottawa Fury Owner and CEO John Pugh. “Our relationship with Spurs has grown tremendously over the past three years, and their presence here in Ottawa always provides local players with the opportunity to learn from one of the top Premier League clubs. The response from both players and parents has been excellent.”

Several players participating in the camp this summer were returning for the third time, and their development from year-to-year has been highly visible. This progress is thanks to the elements that they have learned from these camps, and more importantly from the player assessments.

At the end of each week, Paul, Phil and Luke met individually with the players and their parents to review their performance and provide them with guidance in the next steps of their development. This one-on-one coaching and support has proved to be invaluable for both players and their parents.

Soccer is the most played sport in Canada, even surpassing ice hockey, and player development is the most important factor in helping develop the young talent that is growing in Ottawa.