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Providing a pathway into coaching for Academy players

22 January 2018|Tottenham Hotspur

The Club’s Academy is giving its Under-18 players a chance to study for FA Level 2 coaching qualifications.

As well as developing young talent for the First Team, the Academy is committed to ensuring all scholars have the necessary skills and education to enable them to achieve success on and off the pitch.

Last week, six players had the chance to put their classroom skills into practice for the first time as they ran a coaching session at our Training Centre for over 20 children from Forty Hill Primary School and Honilands Primary School from Enfield.

Rayan Clarke, Max Tainio, Josh Oluwayemi, Maurizio Pochettino, Paris Maghoma and Dilan Markanday organised passing, dribbling and shooting drills as well as mini games for the nine- and 10-year-olds. Over the next few months, the scholars will run similar sessions in order to reach the standard required to pass their Level 2 coaching badge.

John McDermott, Head of Academy Coaching and Player Development, said: “We are committed to ensuring our Academy players have the necessary skills and education to enable them to achieve success both on and off the pitch. Running these coaching sessions gives them the chance to put what they learn in the classroom into practice, and gives them important life skills such as the importance of being prepared, organised and being able to control a class. To see our apprentices grow and develop, whilst giving the school children a memorable time here at our Training Centre, is extremely rewarding.”

Rayan Clarke said: “Having the opportunity to put some of my newly-learned coaching skills into practice has been really beneficial. Running this coaching session has helped improve my communication skills and boosted my confidence in teaching others how to play.”

John Kay, Football Coach from Honilands Primary School, said: “Spending the afternoon at the Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre has been brilliant for our kids. It’s been a privilege having access to world-class facilities and some fantastic role models in the Academy players. We hope this experience will inspire our students to continue playing football.”