Tottenham Hotspur Elite Player Development Programme

Tottenham Hotspur and Scots College have established a partnership seeing the launch of the first Tottenham Hotspur Elite Player Development Programme in New Zealand.

The five-year programme will be delivered from 2021. It will see the Club’s global football development team work alongside the College’s own football coaches, using renowned methods taken directly from the Tottenham Hotspur Academy to maximise the potential of young players.

Tottenham Hotspur coaches will work with selected male and female players at Scots College and ensure a clear player development pathway through integration with local football clubs.

Tottenham Hotspur is currently home to New Zealand’s most-capped international footballer, Ria Percival – who has made a record 150 appearances for her country and will engage with players on the programme, providing inspiration and advice.

Alongside player development, Tottenham Hotspur will run a coach education programme to maintain excellence in footballing standards and best practice, with tailored workshops for both elite and grassroots coaches in the region, collaborating with local clubs, school partners and football clubs.

The model has proven hugely successful across the Club’s existing global football development partnerships throughout the world, including:

  • Florida Elite, USA
  • New England Futbol Club, USA
  • Hong Kong Football Club
  • University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Nudgee College, Australia

Programmes are also delivered in the UK at New City College, Hertford Regional College and Barnet & Southgate College.

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the first year of the partnership will be delivered virtually through online sessions that have proven popular with young players on the Club’s player development programmes throughout the pandemic. Tottenham Hotspur coaches will then be based at Scots College for 12 weeks per year from 2022.

Earlier this year a partnership was also established with the University of Wollongong (UOW) with whom Tottenham Hotspur delivers their Global Football Programme, offering additional support for students wishing to follow their football dreams whilst undertaking tertiary study.

In addition, players selected for the Tottenham Hotspur Elite Player Development Programme will be eligible for a potential tour to Australia to attend Tottenham Hotspur player development sessions with their coaching team at the UOW and a tour playing local Australian schools.

The Tottenham Hotspur Elite Player Development Programme will be open to junior and senior players. Places are limited and subject to player selection early in 2021. A small number of places are available to players who do not currently attend Scots College.

Scots College players must also belong to the College’s Football Academy and players in the Tottenham Hotspur Elite Player Development Programme will be expected to play for the College’s football teams during the Football season.

Andy Rogers, Head of Global Coaching, Tottenham Hotspur, shares: “We are delighted to deliver our first ever player development programme in New Zealand, working in partnership with Scots College.

“Our international model has proven successful in the US, Asia and Australia in developing young players through authentic Tottenham Hotspur coaching.

“We look forward to working closely with young players from the College and local coaches, helping to drive standards of player development in the region.”

We invite any interested players to register their details below to be kept up to date ahead of applications opening early 2021.

An information evening was held at the College discussing the partnership and programme. If you are interested in viewing the Zoom recording of the evening please contact elitefootballprogramme@scotscollege.school.nz

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