The first ever students from a course run by Tottenham Hotspur football club in partnership with Middlesex University graduated last week at White Hart Lane.
The students were congratulated for completing their FdA Applied Sport and Community Development course in a lunch ceremony. Recently retired Spurs legend Ledley King, Grant Cornwell, chief executive of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and Jan Williams, Dean of Health and Social Sciences at Middlesex, were at the event.
The joint venture is the first of its kind, making Tottenham Hotspur the first Premier League club to offer a degree programme, with students enrolling at its White Hart Lane stadium for lectures from Middlesex academics.
Head of Middlesex University’s London Sport Institute Dr Rhonda Cohen (pictured with Ledley King) said: “The partnership has resulted in an innovative degree course, which joins a Premier League football club with a supportive, quality University. A winning goal achieved for Middlesex University and Tottenham Hotspur.”
Graduate Chris Blackwood told the Haringey Independent: “This course has been amazing, and it’s been great doing it with Spurs as they are such a big part of the community – I really enjoyed the whole experience.”
Many of the graduates will top up to a BA Honours degree by studying for a further year at Middlesex, while others will move on to full time employment, working with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
From October, two foundation degree programmes in applied sport will be available, both offering a stepping-stone to a place on an undergraduate top up degree course.