Spurs Ladies in ECFA squad
11 December 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Two of Spurs Ladies' young stars have been selected for the English Colleges Football Association (ECFA) squad.
Lucia Leon and Ronnell Humes - part of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Football Development Centre at Barnet & Southgate College - impressed in two trials to make the cut.
They will now join up with the ECFA for a national training camp at the Etihad Campus in Manchester tomorrow (Saturday, December 12) before the chance to take part in tournaments next year.
Lucia is an attacking full-back and regular in the Spurs Ladies set-up while Ronnell, just 16, is a striker and top goalscorer for the reserves this season who recently made her first team debut.
Karen Hills, Spurs Ladies manager and our Girls & Women's Development Officer, said: "I'm delighted for both Lucia and Ronnell as they are both very talented players and I'm sure they will do very well.
"It's fantastic news for the college, the Foundation's Football Development Centres and the club. We've now two representatives in the ECFA squad, Lucy Loomes is our first England international, Megan Wynne is with Wales and Avilla Bergin, who is a regular with Northern Ireland.
"This all highlights the growing development and quality of the squad."
Below: Ronnell (left) and Lucia
James Edgerley, Sports Development Officer from Barnet & Southgate College, added: "We are very proud of Ronnell and Lucia and delighted they have been recognised for this honour.
"Barnet & Southgate College sports department is very proud of the programme that we run in partnership with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
"It has shown consistent success with team and individual accolades on an annual basis, and multiple examples of players moving on to scholarships in the USA and other bigger and better things.
"Furthermore, with Karen as the Head Coach, the relationship with Spurs Ladies is incredibly strong. Last season a number of first team and reserve players were current students in the college programme. The progression from the Barnet & Southgate College programme into the senior sides at Spurs Ladies is proven and the whole package is now an established pathway for girls football, academic and social development.”
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Football Development Centres are delivered in partnership with Epping Forest College, Barnet & Southgate College, St Thomas More Catholic School, Waltham Forest College and Harrow College.
The Education and Football Development Centres link football theory, Academy standard coaching and affiliated league and cup competitions with a range of academic studies for learners aged between 16 and 19 years. Learners of varying abilities and from a wide variety of ethnic and social backgrounds can enrol on full-time BTEC level 2 or 3 and NVQ level 2 and 3 courses with the potential to continue onto a foundation degree in Sports Development and Coaching. A Levels will also be available to some students.