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College team crowned cup winners

A Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Education and Football Development Centre (EFDC) team has capped a successful season by lifting the Middlesex Schools Under-17s Cup.

Barnet andSouthgate College’s Under-17s side defeated Mill Hill County School 3-0 in the final at Potters Bar Football Club last week to lift the silverware.

Leading 1- 0 at half-time through a Romario Campbell headed goal, the victory was sealed after the break with two second half goals from Elson Custodio and David Fasuyi.

On route to the final, the team had to overcome strong opposition from Harefield Academy, Highgate School and last year’s holders Finchley Catholic School.

Tony Tillbrook, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Education and Football Development Centre Manager, said: “On a difficult playing surface , which prevented the boys from playing the technical game that we encourage them to play , I was delighted to see the way the players applied themselves , showing moments of quality, determination and the desire to win this Final. It is just reward for this group of players and for their efforts on the pitch this season.”

The EFDC programme, nominated for a 2012 Sport Industry Award, works in partnership with Barnet and Southgate College, Waltham Forest College and St Thomas More Catholic School, as a pathway into Further Education for local young people classified as NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training), using the hook of academy-standard football coaching and regular matches with other colleges.

The programme links football theory and coaching with academic studies by allowing students to enrol on full-time BTEC Level 1, 2 or 3 and NVQ coaching courses.

Students then have the option to continue onto one of our three Foundation degrees in either Sport & Community Development, Applied Football Coaching & Performance or Applied Sport Hospitality & Nutrition, validated by Middlesex University.

On the pitch, each team receives 10 hours of Tottenham Hotspur Academy standard coaching every week to enhance their football skills, motivating them to continue to work hard with their academic studies.

The programme has led to a number of pupils being offered professional contracts with clubs, including young goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux signing a one year deal with Spurs and, most recently, former student Joshua Clarke securing a one year deal at Brentford Football Club following a two year scholarship at the League One club.

To find out more about Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Educational and Football Development Centre Programme, including up-coming trial dates, visit: