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#GlobalFootballDevelopment

University of Wollongong

Combine a world-class football experience with study at one of the world's leading universities


The UOW Tottenham Hotspur Global Football Programme is a unique opportunity for players to study for a university qualification while developing their football skills in a professional environment with UEFA-qualified coaches from our Global Football Development team.

Players undertake up to 20 hours per week of training and other activities, scheduled around their study

Matt Sheppard, UOW Programme Manager

Players also receive:

  • Membership to UOW’s world-class gym and Olympic pool facilities
  • UOW Tottenham Hotspur Global Football Programme branded Nike gear for all on and off-field activity
  • Periodic mental agility training with Mike Conway who is the Emotional Agility & Mental Coach with the Australian National Football Team
  • Individualised strength and conditioning programme
  • Discounted accommodation in UOW’s on-campus residence Kooloobong Village

Who can apply?

The programme is open to applications from domestic and international students studying at – or applying to study at – UOW for courses available at the Wollongong campus. To be accepted in the programme, you must be accepted into an academic course at the University of Wollongong or UOW College.

Class of 2021

UOW’s first session has kicked off with a full schedule of technical, tactical, strength and conditioning and recovery sessions planned for the year. Players get involved in UOW academic, co-curricular and social events which means they are gaining the knowledge, skills and experience to set them up for a rewarding professional career in the future.

2021 Success Story 

The UOW Tottenham Hotspur Global Football Programme would like to congratulate Jayden Smileski, a participant in our elite player development programme, delivered in partnership with the University of Wollongong. Jayden has been successful in receiving a scholarship to Saint Mary’s College of California to continue his development as a player.

The elite player development programme is designed to provide players with the unique opportunity to study for a university qualification, whilst enhancing your development as an aspiring footballer in a professional environment. Whilst studying at UOW and in addition to the Global Football Programme training schedule, Jayden represented local NPL teams; Wollongong Wolves, South Coast Flames and was fortunate enough to represent UOW at the FISU University World Cup, where Jayden came 2nd in the world. We wish Jayden the best of luck in the next stage of his player development pathway.

I wanted the opportunity to improve all aspects of my game which would hopefully help me continue to pursue a career in football. Through this programme I have been able to get one step closer to achieving this goal."

Jayden Smileski

A day in the life of a UOW Student

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About the University of Wollongong

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.