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University of Wollongong


The Global Football Development team is delighted to be working in partnership with the University of Wollongong, one of the world’s leading universities.

The innovative Player Development Programme will see two FA & UEFA-qualified Tottenham Hotspur coaches working with the University of Wollongong’s undergraduate and postgraduate students for 36 weeks a year over a period of five years at its picturesque Wollongong campus, located just south of Sydney. 

The coaches use authentic methods developed within our state-of-the-art Academy to help students reach their full potential. The programme, which commenced in February 2020, sees students completing 16-20 hours of football training each week around their academic timetable as well as competing at local, national and international level. The programme is open to applications from Australian and international students and is undertaken in addition to students’ academic studies.  

As well as developing players, the programme provide a boost to the training and development offerings in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Local coaches also have the opportunity to receive mentoring and support based on the Tottenham Hotspur coaching philosophy and coach development programmes. 

The Launch

The Club visited Australia to the launch this innovative partnership by hosting 14 interactive player development and coach education events, which saw over 400 participants from 12 schools and seven football clubs attend.

The launch of this elite partnership has been fantastic and has demonstrated how powerful this relationship will be, not only for the students but for the growth and development of football in Australia

Andy Rogers, Head of Global Football Development, Tottenham Hotspur

The University of Wollongong is one of Australia’s largest and most internationally diverse universities with more than 34,000 students across nine Australian campuses, two international campuses in Dubai and Hong Kong, and partner institutions in Singapore and Malaysia. As well as delivering world-class education, the university also has a long history of sporting success, with many students going on to compete at elite level.

This unique programme will strengthen the place of football within our university.

Professor Alex Frino, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Wollongong

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