THE CLUB’S HISTORY
Spurs Ladies was formed in 1985, originally as Broxbourne Ladies, by Kay Lovelock and Sue Sharples, both players and enthusiasts of women’s football. In 1991, permission was granted to use the name Tottenham Hotspur Ladies F.C. with the addition of a reserve team by the start of 1992. Tragically, Sue died suddenly in April 1994, aged just 32 and Kay left the club a few years later.
In 1994 Glenn Weaver joined as coach and soon became Spurs Ladies First Team Manager. In 1998, the Club went from strength to strength as Glenn pursued his vision to build Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC into one of the largest and inclusive female Football Clubs under the English FA’s banner.
Glenn became Chairman in 2000 and he continued to develop and grow the teams during this time, constantly recruiting people with passion and enthusiasm that shared his vision. He inspired people at all levels to take an active role and in 2002 the Club received the ‘Sport England Volunteer Investment Programme Award’ for the London area.
In 2006, Spurs Ladies was then awarded the FA Charter Standard Club and the FA Charter Standard Female Club for the London FA in 2008.
Sadly, Glenn passed away suddenly in February 2015. He was posthumously awarded the FA National Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Community Football’ in 2015.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
Spurs Ladies is very much a community club and continually ensures the provision of local playing opportunities for all girls from the ages of 8 to 18, currently participating in the Hertfordshire Girls’ Partnership League, Capital Girls’ League and the Essex County Girls’ League.
As each season draws to a close the club has played over 450 matches across all age groups and has delivered over 1000 hours of coaching. On top of the fixtures and training over 2000 hours are spent on the administrative and financial management of the club, from league and committee meetings to arranging fixtures, management of the club’s website, reports to press and development proposals.
With the substantial support from Tottenham Hotspur Football Club for Spurs Ladies over the past few years, we wouldn’t have developed to the standard we have reached today. Our First Team now plays at the highest level of the winter game – the FA Women’s Premier League – and we run a further 12 sides, making us the largest female Club in England.
OUR HOPES FOR THE FUTURE
The Club’s aim now is to become part of the FA’s new Regional Talent Club programme, with the Youth Academy run to the standards required by the FA under the new regional talent club scheme, which has been launched to increase involvement and retention within Grass Roots.
Our vision and ethos reflects that of the Club – To Dare Is To Do – which is at the heart of the Tottenham Hotspur way. It reflects our belief in ourselves, each other and the way we approach everything we do – most evident on the pitch. We are on a journey full of adventure and spirit. We do things differently, in our own way, passionate and intense, but never predictable.