Tottenham Hotspur Academy Study Visit
26 November 2013

Tottenham Hotspur Academy Study Visit

Gwent Coach Mentoring Study Visit to Tottenham Hotspur Academy

Gwent Coach Mentoring Study Visit to Tottenham Hotspur Academy



Following the recent visit to Manchester City’s Academy by the North Wales Region, the second Study Group visit in a series of four under the Welsh Football Trust’s Coach Mentoring Programme saw 12 Gwent-based coaches, coach educators and mentors closely observe another Premier League Academy. Craig Gill, National Coordinator explained that “detailed exposure to full-time coaches at the top of their vocation allows our coaches the opportunity to pick up best-practice, modern trends and apply the lessons learned to their own academies and clubs in order to further develop better coaches and players in Wales”.

As part of this initiative Richard Williams, Head of Coach Education & Player Development in Gwent recently organised a Study Group visit to Premier League Tottenham Hotspurs F.C’s Academy.

The visit took place over two days at the 16 month old state-of-the-art academy facility in Enfield, Middlesex.

The visit proved to be extremely educational as it covered a huge range of player development ideas and issues from the technical programme which underlines the Spurs Academy DNA to social and psychological issues which top academies deal with on a daily basis.

The candidates were given presentations by:
• Academy Manager & Head of Coaching - John McDermott
• Head of Academy Operations & Performance - Dean Rastrick
• Foundation Phase Lead Coach - Gary Broadhurst
• Youth Development Phase Lead Coach - Justin Cochrane
• Head of Academy Performance Analysis - Matthew Wells
• Head of Academy Physical Development - Matt Allen

The candidates were also able to watch academy training sessions taken by Ugo Ehiogu, Matt Dawson and Ledley King as well as other full and part time academy coaches. Throughout the 2 days the candidates were asked to study and present back on many different aspects of the academy, but mainly concentrated on coaching methodology, coach mentoring, academy philosophy and the staffing structure.

Richard said “It was good to see Matt Dawson, Ledley King and Ugo Ehiogu working with the young players at the club alongside the other full time academy coaches. It must be great motivation for them to be at a club where top professionals take time to work with them. The academy on the whole is clearly one of the leaders in the UK. The philosophy tries to ensure that all of the players there keep themselves grounded and earn everything they get. It was a great insight into how things are done at the top level and hopefully the coaches that attended will use the things they saw to add value to the work they do in Gwent”

Details of the WFT Coach Mentoring Programme can be obtained from Craig Gill, National Coach Mentoring Coordinator, The Welsh Football Trust, or your Regional Coach Development Officer. Please see The Welsh Football Trust web-site for contact details.


Coaches attended:


1. Richard Williams – WFT Coach Development Officer Gwent
2. Craig Gill – WFT National Coach Mentoring Coordinator
3. Wes Bodden - WFT Inclusion Officer Gwent
4. Richard Gunney – WFT National Futsal Coordinator/ WFT Coach Educator
5. Wayne Hatswell - Newport County 1st Team Coach/ WFT Coach Educator
6. Danny Elliott –Newport County FC U18/U16 Coach/ WFT Coach Educator
7. Steve Davis - Newport County FC U18 assistant Coach/ WFT Coach Educator
8. Declan Flanagan – Newport County Football in the Community
9. Lawrence Hallett –Cardiff City FC Academy U15 Coach/WFT Coach Educator
10. Nathan Duke –WFT Coach Champion



Tottenham Hotspurs Academy Study Visit