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Under 18

About the Academy

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club Academy develops talented young footballers from the age of eight to 23 years. Following the implementation of the Premier League Elite Player Performance Plan and our Audit by Double Pass Ltd we were awarded Category One status. The Academy employs a large team of staff to identify, recruit, coach, develop and support approximately 205 talented young players.

Our Vision

To be one of the world’s leading football Clubs renowned for a strong association with its community and a long tradition of developing young talent that plays football the ‘Tottenham Hotspur’ way.

First Team training

Our Mission

To create an elite environment that attracts, retains and develops top quality players providing an ongoing supply of academy graduates to the First Team squad, whilst ensuring those individuals who fall short of this standard have the necessary skills and education to enable them to achieve success either at another football club or in a vocational career.

The Academy players in the Professional Development phase are full-time and are registered on Scholarship contracts, as part of their all-round education the players complete an academic education programme alongside their football commitments. Our players in the Youth Development phase combine their club training programme with attendance at their own school, this involves training evenings, weekends and during day release. The Foundation phase squads training programmes take place after school and at weekends.

The Academy education programme is in place and encourages each player to reach his full potential as he passes through the development phases. This education provision is designed to be flexible and to provide support for each player to achieve whilst remaining in their school of preference. It includes both formal and informal education which reinforces the high expectations of the Academy in relation to the ‘Tottenham Hotspur Standard’ of: Team Spirit; Friendship; Excellence; Elite Player Conduct; Co-operation; Effort and Persistence and Respect, and encompasses our holistic approach.

The Academy squads participate in the Premier League games programme along with a number of National, European and Worldwide tournaments.

Staff Details

Head of Coaching & Player Development - John McDermott

Academy Manager - Dean Rastrick

Under-23 Coach - Wayne Burnett

Under-18 Coach - Matt Wells

Academy Goalkeeping Coach - Rob Burch
Academy Coach & Academy Goalkeeping Coach - Perry Suckling
Academy Goalkeeping Coach - Pat Jennings MBE
Academy Goalkeeping Coach - Alex Welsh

Lead Academy Coach (Under-15 and Under-16) - Mehmet Ali
Lead Academy Coach (Under-12, Under-13 and Under-14) - Michael Donaldson
Head of Academy Football Development (Under-8, Under-9, Under-10 and Under-11) - Gary Broadhurst
Pre-Academy & Development Centre Coordinator - Nick Hardy
Academy Coach - Paul Brush
Academy Coach - Bradley Allen
Academy Coach - Will Antwi
Academy Coach - Tony Tillbrook
Academy Coach - Joe Staunton
Academy Coach - Luke Georgiou
Academy Coach - Trevor Duberry
Academy Coach - Miles Leighton
Academy Coach - Taff Rahman
Academy Coach - Aaron Cato

Head of Sports Science & Medicine - Aaron Harris
Academy Doctor - Dr Laurence Gant
Academy Doctor - Dr Brinda Christopher
Academy Doctor - Dr Chris Hughes
Academy Physiotherapist (Under-23) - Adam Paxton
Academy Physiotherapist - Tay Albayrak

Head of Academy Physical Development - Matt Allen
Academy Sports Scientist - Chris Riley
Academy Sports Scientist - Sam Pooley
Academy Sports Scientist Intern - Dan Williams
Academy Sports Scientist Intern - Michael Cooper

Head of Youth Recruitment - Paul Lowe
Head of London Recruitment - Jason Hogg
Academy Head of Education - Trevor Webb
Academy Education Assistant – Helene Michaels
Academy Operations Manager - Luke Godfrey
Academy Administrator – Tina Gold
Academy Player Care Officer – Nick Boulli
Academy Liaison Officer – Dave Collins
Academy Kit Manager (Under-23) - Ben Murphy
Academy Kit Manager (Under-18) - Tavish Mahandru
Development/Academy Kit Assistant - Stan White

Academy Development Centres

This page is for the parents/carers of boys invited to attend one of our Development Centres - we have provided all the relevant information about our Development Centres in this section.


Information on trials at Tottenham Hotspur

Academy Contact Details

Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre
Hotspur Way
Whitewebbs Lane

General Enquiries: email or call 0203 544 8500.