|As part of a community initiative working
with the Haringey Borough’s Joining Up Northumberland Park (JUNP)
programme, some local girls are being given the chance to learn more about
football and have the opportunity to play for Spurs Ladies.
Over 50 girls aged between seven and nine are
attending regular free football coaching sessions every Saturday morning
since 25th February, with coaches from Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s
Football In The Community scheme and Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC at the
White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre.
The course is designed to be great fun and
is an established way for young people to make friends, learn new games
and improve fitness. The course also aims to give participants the
necessary skills to play in a competitive league. With the coaches
keeping a close eye on the players it is possible that they will be able
to try out for the Ladies club’s team in their trials on Sunday 4th,
Wednesday 7th, Sunday 11th and Wednesday 14th June 2006 at Frederick
Knight’s Sports Ground.
Glenn Weaver from the Ladies club said, “We
have welcomed this opportunity to work with THFC and Haringey Council
through JUNP to provide these sessions for girls in the area. There is a
huge interest in women’s football at the moment and the turn out for these
sessions shows that there is a real need in this area for the provision of
such organised coaching. Tottenham Hotspur Ladies Football Club is a
booming club and we are proud that we can make an input into the community
by allowing as many girls as possible from one of the most deprived areas
in the country to take part.”
The scheme has the approval of THFC's
Community Director Community Director, Kathryn Robinson, who said, "For
those wanting to progress to competitive football, there is an opportunity
to work towards playing for Tottenham Hotspur Ladies youth team but our
main aim is to get girls playing football as early as possible."
Haringey Council's Dick Muskett,
Neighbourhood Manager - Northumberland Park has also played a big part in
delivering this partnership scheme to provide the coaching sessions
through the Joined Up Northumberland Park project for those girls in the
area who are dedicated to improving their football and also providing a
useful way of getting exercise and having fun while they do it.
Some Spurs Football in the
Community coaches team up with THLFC players to give the rising
girl football stars of tomorrow their free coaching sessions at White Hart
Lane Community Sports Centre.