Club hosts football festival for talented local players
Tue 18 December 2018, 22:00|Tottenham Hotspur
The Club has hosted a football festival for 65 talented 5-8-year-olds from seven local primary schools at the Training Centre as part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme.
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation spends one day a week in schools across the Club’s local community delivering Premier League Primary Stars – a programme which provides free PE lessons and support to teachers to help them feel more confident and gain an increased knowledge in delivering quality physical activity and sport lessons.
Club staff selected the most gifted and talented children from each primary school they work with to attend the football festival. During the day, the children were coached by the Club’s Global Football Development coaches and Under-18 scholars who monitored each player individually, giving them tips and advice on how to develop their skills.
The best players have been selected to attend a six-week Player Development Coaching Programme at Hotspur Way. This course, which starts in January, is designed to be the first step for a young player to progress on the Club’s elite development pathway and make the journey to becoming a professional footballer.
In addition to this, Mark Swales, Head of Education and Welfare at The FA, delivered the ‘Primary Teachers Award’ for the teachers that the Club have been mentoring over the term. This award provides a basic introduction to the skills required when delivering a Key Stage 1 or 2 sport lesson and compliments the work the Foundation already does with teachers.
Lucy Peirce, School Sport Development Manager at Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “Today has been a great opportunity for these talented young players to work with some of the Club’s best coaches and improve their skills, confidence and most importantly enjoy themselves.”