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Female Talent Pathway

The Club is proud to announce the launch of a new Female Talent Pathway ahead of the start of the 2020/21 season.

The new player development structure enables us to work with local grassroots clubs to identify talented female players and provide them with a progressive series of footballing programmes to develop their game, nurturing their skills using our renowned coaching methods to help them play at the highest level possible.

The new pathway is comprised of six programmes, each tailored to provide a different level of support to players of certain age groups and abilities, with participants able to enter at different stages of the system based on their abilities and personal circumstances. Using a holistic approach to player development, the pathway will provide each individual with the appropriate playing opportunities and support they need to enable them to reach their full potential.

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WSL Academy (ages 16-21)
Under-19 Football Development Programmes (ages 16-19)
Junior Talent Programme (ages 12-16)
Emerging Talent Centre (ages 8-12)
Player Development Programmes (ages 5-12)

Launching initially across our local boroughs in north London and areas of Hertfordshire, the Club will seek to engage with as many players, grassroots clubs and educational establishments as possible, exploring increased offerings in further locations in due course.

The diagram below demonstrates the pathway of a footballer from grassroots level up to the Tottenham Hotspur Women first team…


Head of Women's Football, Heather Cowan, said: "We are really excited about the launch of our new female player pathway at Tottenham Hotspur this season. The structure gives girls from across north London a clear pathway to fulfil their potential with a view right to the very top of the women’s game in this country. We are looking forward to seeing local girls progress through our pathway and eventually into our first team – we will support players with technical coaching, games programme, sport science, medical provision, and lifestyle guidance. In addition, as part of our work we are committed to supporting and connecting local grassroots clubs who are vital to the growth and development of girls football in this country."

Player Development Programmes

Our Player Development Programme Evening courses are available to girls aged five to 12 and take place across north London and Hertfordshire during school term-times. Our Evening courses are designed with the aim for all players to progress through the development levels.

Our development syllabus has been created by our Global Football Development and Academy coaches. Like all of our programmes, Evening Courses apply our Tottenham Hotspur technical DNA to create a player development framework, tailored to produce the right environment for learning and progressing from grassroots to elite.

We provide a safe, secure and exceptional learning environment on and off the pitch which:

  • Creates trust
  • Protects self-esteem
  • Allows players to play without fear of failure or criticism
  • Encourages players to be independent, take risks and think creatively

Sessions will include; goal scoring, defending, possession and 1v1 domination. Each session is themed around a specific element of the game and our FA and UEFA-qualified coaches use inspiration from our current First Team and Academy to help develop the young football players on our programmes.

Our elite team of coaches will monitor each football player individually to ensure they train with football players of similar abilities and ages, with the aim to progress every football player through the ability levels. Key programme features:

  • Sessions designed for all abilities
  • Each football player assessed individually as part of our football development pathway
  • Weekly sessions at different local sites

For players interested in hearing more information about our Girls-Only Player Development Programmes, complete the form below.

Emerging Talent Centre

Our Emerging Talent Centre is a brand new programme set up ahead of the 2020/21 season for girls aged eight to 12. This programme enables the Club to move away from the traditional ‘youth teams' structure in the foundation phase. Instead, the Club will join up and work with current grassroots clubs in the local area to provide a programme for girls to play football.

Our Emerging Talent Centre will be for players who have been identified with ‘emerging talent’ from either our Girls Only Evening Player Development Courses, by our Talent ID Staff or at one of our Open Trials. These players will be invited for weekly sessions designed to develop players individually through the application of our technical DNA and player development framework. Here players will have access to Sports Therapy Clinics, Educational Workshops, Residential Trips and the opportunity to represent Tottenham Hotspur Women during school holidays.

Players in the Emerging Talent Centre must either take part in a different sport regularly or play for a grassroots football club. Our staff will work with the grassroots club to ensure there is an holistic approach to the player's development.

Key features of the programme include:

  • One training session per week - in an attempt to reduce weekly travelling time
  • Players must play for a grassroots club or another sport
  • Sports Therapy Clinics
  • Education Workshops
  • Fixtures for Tottenham Hotspur in school holidays
  • Joined up approach to development with each player's school and grassroots club
  • Players play local weekend football with friends at foundation phase
  • Grassroots coaches will gain CPD opportunities

For players wanting to express an interest in our brand new Emerging Talent Centre, please complete the below form.

For any grassroots clubs and/or coaches who would like more information about our Emerging Talent Centre or Talent Pathway in general please submit your details below.

We are looking forward to seeing local girls progress through our pathway and eventually into our First Team

Head of Women's Football, Heather Cowan

Junior Talent Programme

Starting from next season, our Junior Talent Programme will operate teams at Under-13, Under-14, Under-15 and Under-16 age groups and will provide a full player development scheme, incorporating technical and tactical coaching, competition, medical access, sports science/strength and conditioning, analysis and lifestyle support.

Players will be identified, selected and invited to join this new step of our pathway, which links directly with our Under-19 Football Development College Programmes, WSL Academy and first team. There will be three training sessions per week plus a weekly fixture programme delivered across London and the south of England.

The teams we will be operating next season as part of the programme are as follows:

  • Under-13 - to participate in a competition programme against local boys teams
  • Under-14 - to play in a competition programme against local boys teams or a girls league with open weekends organised to play against boys teams once a month
  • Under-15 - to participate in an Under-16 girls league with regular fixtures against boys teams
  • Under-16 - the competition programme is to be confirmed

Key programme features:

  • Three training sessions per week - including technical, tactical and strength and conditioning sessions (delivered by a qualified Physical Performance Coach)
  • Educational Workshops including nutrition and psychology sessions
  • Sports Therapist present at every training session
  • Weekly fixture programme - against boys and girls teams
  • Residential Trips, Tours and Tournaments during school holidays
  • Coaching qualifications opportunities

Trial applications for our Junior Talent Programme are now closed. Please keep an eye on our channels for more information.

Under-19 Football Development Programmes

Our Under-19 Football Development College Programmes will be delivered in association with Barnet and Southgate College and New City College, Epping Forest campus.

Players will receive a full-time football programme delivered by our Global Football Development coaches while continuing their education at college, where they can choose to study a wide range of courses including A-levels and BTECs. The programmes will link directly with our WSL Academy, with the strategy of graduating players into this environment when appropriate.

Barnet and Southgate College Girls Programme

This programme links Academy standard football coaching, provided by our coaches, with a high quality range of full-time sports study programmes for students between the ages of 16 and 19.

Learners will have lessons at the Southgate Campus (Sports) or Wood Street Campus (A-Levels) and receive training at Haringey Borough FC’s Coles Park Stadium. Students will also have occasional access to sessions at our Training Centre.

New City College, Epping Forest Campus, Girls Programme

This programmes offers educational qualifications for students who are studying one of the many Sport and Fitness courses at levels 1, 2 and 3 offered at the College.

Participants will receive high quality coaching and development under the supervision of our coaches with opportunities to progress through the player development pathway.

WSL Academy (Ages 16-21)

The FA WSL Academy Squad will link directly with the Tottenham Hotspur Women First Team, with the strategy of graduating players into this environment when appropriate.

Launched by the FA in the 2018/19 season, the concept of a WSL Academy is to provide talented players between the ages of 16 and 21 years old with a programme which has a multi-disciplinary approach. This includes extended medical provision, individual strength and conditioning support, education and lifestyle guidance, as well as a football coaching and competition programme delivered by UEFA A and B licence coaches. As this is a 50/50 dual career programme, all participants’ education or work commitments will be balanced with the training schedule.

Players are selected for this programme through graduation of our Junior Talent Programme, selected through the U19 Football Development Programme or through our Open Trials.

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