Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has joined forces with Epping Forest College to offer students a new academic and sporting opportunity.

The partnership will see a new BTEC Sport qualification launched at the college in Borders Lane, Loughton, as part of the foundation’s Education and Football Development Centre scheme.

Students aged 16 to 18, will receive around 10 hours of coaching from the club’s staff as well as studying a full time academic qualification.

The partnership with the Premier League football club’s charitable arm, announced today, will also see an elite squad formed following a trial next month.

Grant Cornwell, CEO of Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “Through our existing Football and Education Development Centres we’ve seen first-hand the positive impact football can have, especially at grassroots level, helping to support young people in a range of engaging, sporting and educational activities.

“We’re committed to delivering high quality football coaching at Epping Forest College and are looking forward to working with the staff at the college to deliver engaging education and football opportunities for the BTEC Sport students.”

Shaun Clifford, curriculum manager for sport at Epping Forest College, said: “The exposure to the high level of coaching and facilities that the foundation and the college provide will enhance the employability of students."

The elite side and a development squad will be entered into regional and national league and cup competitions from September.