A significant agreement between Tottenham Hotspur and New City College means that over 300 young sports men and women at the college will now benefit from professional training, sports industry preparation and work experience alongside a BTEC Diploma in Sport.
And, the programme is offering sign-ups for free pre-season training. Paul Griffiths (Tottenham Hotspur Football Development Centre Programme Head Coach) explains:
"Many young footballers have lost out on almost three months of club or local training through lockdown. To prepare for the new season and college year, applicants signing up to the New City College Education and Tottenham Hotspur Football Development Centre will get the benefit of professional pre-season training in the lead up to the start of their college development programme."
After six successful years at the Epping Forest campus, the Tottenham Hotspur Football Development Centre programme will now be extended to students at its Redbridge, Hackney and Tower Hamlets campuses.
Paul Griffiths continued:
"We've already seen great levels of talent and success in our NCC Epping Forest trainees. We're delighted that even more footballers across the New City College group will now be able to take part in the opportunities of the development programme.
Curriculum Director Shaun Clifford said:"Our partnership with Tottenham Hotspur has already shown that students who work hard through the programme get rewarded. Our students visit Tottenham Hotspur's Training Centre, they get the opportunity to work at high profile premiership games and they progress to great things. Extending the relationship to benefit students at three further campuses is a magnificent opportunity for young football enthusiasts right across East London."
Students progress from the programme to a range of careers in sport or university degrees, from sports development to coaching. And those with exceptional talent have been signed to professional football clubs.
Aaron Clifton was a student on the programme in 2018/19 and was recommended for Tottenham Hotspur's Coaching Excellence Centre where he has been mentored and up-skilled by the Club's Academy coaches along with a year-long work placement with the Club's First Team staff. Aaron has now gone on to secure a coaching role with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club!
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