September 20 – Premier League Tottenham Hotspur has added an Australian leg to its global football development partnership programme with a hook-up with the University of Wollongong.
Spurs recently announced partnerships with Florida Elite Soccer Academy and New England Futbol Club in the United States.
The University of Wollongong initiative will see a Player Development Programme led by two FA & UEFA qualified Tottenham Hotspur coaches working with the University of Wollongong’s undergraduate and postgraduate students for 36 weeks a year over a period of five years. The programme will begin in 2020.
Students will complete 16-20 hours of football training each week around their academic timetable and competing at local, national and international level. The programme is open to Australian and international students.
The University of Wollongong has more than 34,000 students across nine Australian campuses, two international campuses in Dubai and Hong Kong, and partner institutions in Singapore and Malaysia.
Professor Alex Frino, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) at the University of Wollongong said: “(This programme) will attract young Australian and international players with tremendous potential who can enrich local competitions, while also providing opportunities for Australian coaches to be mentored by Tottenham Hotspur coaches, improving the standard of coaching for the university and Australian football.”
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