January 9 – Premier League Tottenham Hotspur who have made Australia a key part of their pre-season tour plans over the past two years, has announced a grassroots ‘Soccer Schools’ programme for 2017 across the country.
The programme will be run by Australian project management and professional services company Esquire Collective and will be base on the coaching methodology of Spurs’ academy.
On the clubs pre-season tour in 2016 more than 3,000 youth players experienced youth training delivered by club coaches and players in Melbourne.
There will now be12 Soccer Schools at selected regions across Australia during the coming year with three venues confirmed for January – The David Phillips Sports Complex at the University of New South Wales, Scotch College in Perth and the ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
Grant Cornwell, Head of Global Coaching, Tottenham Hotspur, said: “We have been overwhelmed with the response our grassroots work alongside recent First Team tours has received in Australia.
“The tours are about so much more than one-off friendly matches and revenue – the Club is committed to developing the game at grassroots level across the world and we are delighted to be able to deliver a legacy in Australia building on from the work we have already done.
Spurs’ first team played in front of a sell-out crowd in a friendly match against Sydney FC at the ANZ Stadium in May 2015 before competing in the International Champions Cup in Melbourne at the MCG last July.
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