Developing girls soccer in LA
Our Football Development team ran a free coaching clinic for 70 girls in Huntington Beach, LA, on Monday.
Led by Spurs Ladies manager Karen Hills, the session worked with players from the Coast Soccer League, who sponsored the event.
Football Development coaches have been out in LA for the past week working with the DMS11 Academy at the start of a three-year partnership.
DMS11 is a non-profit organisation aiming to provide high quality soccer coaching to kids throughout the region regardless of their economic status.
Over the past week, scholarships have been offered on the Tottenham Hotspur Football Development Camp based on talent, attitude, work ethic and desire.
It is the joint vision of Tottenham Hotspur and DMS11 that no player possessing these attributes should miss out on the opportunity to play soccer due to financial restraints.
It is hoped that the 'Tottenham Hotspur experience' can help DMS11 continue to enhance its offer to kids in the region and unearth more talent in the future.
Karen Hills said: “The ability of the girls was good, their work rate was fantastic and it was a really good two hours. The women’s game is massive in the States and hopefully we have passed on some technical information that these girls will go on to use. Our philosophy is to encourage as many touches of the ball as possible, and hopefully that will leave a legacy out here.”
Mark Jones, Head of Football Development, Tottenham Hotspur, said: “It’s great to come down and give everyone a chance and a taste of what we do. The attitude and dedication of all the players has been fantastic. It’s a different way of coaching to what they’d be used to but we try to bring out individual brilliance and focus on the player development. We focus on ball mastery, core skills and a minimum of 2,000-3,000 touches per session for every single child. We want to leave lasting legacy everywhere we go, which is why we develop partnerships such as this one with DMS11.”
Dan Metcalfe, founder of the DMS11 Academy, said: “There’s so much talent in football that gets left behind because they do not have the opportunity to experience top level coaching because of either logistics of where they live or financial capabillities, so a free clinic like this is fantastic because it means any player can come out and get this exposure. The game in America at youth level can compete with any country in the world, but the opportunity for kids to become part of a team and use that talent at a higher level is probably what’s missing. So having Tottenham Hotspur come out and work with us has been absolutely fantastic. We have very high standards out here and are very demanding of our players, and what Tottenham have brought has far exceeded what I was expecting and this has been the highest level youth soccer training camp I have ever seen in America.
“When I was growing up back in England, Spurs were always known for being a very entertaining, stylish team with the likes of Ardiles, Villa and Hoddle, it was always a pleasure to watch them. By bringing Tottenham over to America, we’ve been able to increase our players’ understanding of when to be individual and use their talent, but not to the detriment of the team.
“The coaches this week have brought that passion that I know from back in England, which most kids here don’t get to see. Having Tottenham involved with us is going to be invaluable over the next three years to bring more passion, more belief and more style amongst young players.”
One participant, Victoria Cue, aged 9, said: “I think the coaches are really nice, I’m not afraid to ask them questions and be honest with my opinion. I really like their coaching techniques and how each day they focus on one thing and help us through it. I’ve improved a lot on my shooting, my skills, my passing, all the basics of soccer. I watch a lot of soccer with my Dad and I’m really excited to be going to the game on Tuesday and seeing my favourite players like Van der Vaart, Bale and Assou-Ekotto."
Football Development in LA - coach education session
As explained above, our Football Development coaches have been in Los Angeles for over week, coaching kids in Westlake Village.
On Sunday, they hosted a coach education programme at the Home Depot Center complex, where 45 coaches from the local area, including Academy staff from LA Galaxy, went through a number of coaching drills with the Galaxy's Under-15 team.