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Your chance to build a future on and off the pitch

12 January 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

The Club is inviting 16 to 18-year-olds with a passion for football to try out for a place on one of its eight outstanding college programmes and embark on a new education pathway for the 2015-16 academic year.

Young people looking to further their education to build a career within the sports industry can attend the trials at the Education and Football Development Centres at Barnet & Southgate College, Waltham Forest College, Epping Forest College, St Thomas More School, Haringey Sixth Form, Hertfordshire Regional College, Harrow College and UCL Academy.

The Education and Football Development Centre programme, delivered by the Club’s Foundation and Global Coaching team, offers Academy-standard football coaching alongside BTEC and NVQ qualifications.

Since the scheme launched in 2010, more than 870 young people have been given the opportunity to study full-time BTEC Level 2 or 3 and NVQ Level 2 or 3 courses, with students consistently achieving well above the national average.

Upon completion of their studies, many students progress onto one of the Club’s foundation degrees – FdA Applied Sport and Community Development or FdSc Applied Football Coaching Performance – with others securing trials at professional football clubs.

Three graduates from the college programme are now playing professional football:

Lawrence Vigouroux – Lawrence gained a BTEC Level 3 after attending the Education and Football Development Centre at St Thomas More School in 2011 and was later signed by Tottenham Hotspur, playing regularly for the Club’s Under-21 side. Following his release from the Lane, he secured a contract at Liverpool and is currently on loan at Swindon Town.

Josh Clarke – Josh attended the Education and Football Development Centre at Barnet & Southgate College in 2011, completing his BTEC Level 3. He signed for Brentford and is currently on loan at Barnet.

Emmanuel Osadebe – Emmanuel completed a BTEC Level 3 at the Education and Football Development Centre at Barnet & Southgate College and signed for League One high-flyers Gillingham in 2015. He said: “The college programme has helped me to get to where I am today. It’s a great way of combining education and doing what you love – playing football.”

Grant Cornwell MBE, CEO Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “The appeal of football is a powerful tool in helping to re-engage young people back into education – the Education and Football Development Centre programme we deliver in partnership with local schools and colleges is testament to this.  The courses are very popular and have so far delivered a wide range of opportunities for students. Places do fill up quickly so if you are interested in attending the trials, make sure you register.”

Trials are taking place for our Education and Football Development Centres on the following dates:

Harrow College
Monday, February 15

Hertfordshire Regional College
Monday, February 15

Barnet & Southgate College
Thursday, February 18

Epping Forest College
Thursday, February 18

Waltham Forest College
Friday, February 19

St Thomas More School
Friday, February 26

UCL Academy
Friday, February 29

To register for a place on one of the above trial dates and for more information, please visit or contact