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 launched in February 2021 seeing 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 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 are also running 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.

During 2020 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.

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the first year of the partnership is being delivered virtually through online. Travel permitting Tottenham Hotspur coaches will then be based at Scots College for 12 weeks per year from 2022.

Squads are selected annually and all programme applicants are invited to participate in trials for player selection for each year’s programme. Virtual trials for the 2021 programme were held in February, welcoming over 40 aspiring players to two early morning sessions. The Tottenham Hotspur Elite Player Development Programme is open to junior (Yrs 7-9) and senior (Yrs 10-12) players. Year 13 players may be considered. Places are limited to up to 10 players in each squad and are subject to player selection. 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.”

If you would like to know more please contact elitefootballprogramme@scotscollege.school.nz

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