Frequently asked questions
Q: What level of football ability or experience do I need to join the Program?
A: There is no set level of ability or experience you need to have to be eligible for the Global Football Program. The coaches in the program have worked with males and females of varying abilities and the program will be tailored to your individual requirements to help you reach your maximum potential as a footballer.
Q: How will I fit in the extra training around my study, club football and work commitments?
A: The Program Manager will work with you to plan your training sessions and other program activities around your study and club commitments. The Global Football Program training sessions are generally in the morning to avoid any clashes with study and club football. There are team sessions each morning, of which you would be expected to attend 4 of those per week. There is also an opportunity to schedule individual or small group sessions around your academic timetable.
Learn what A week in the life of a global football program student might look like.
Q: What does the program offer?
A: The Global Football Program offers a wide range of services that enable all players to develop and learn both on and off the field. The Global Football Program has dedicated staff in the following areas:
Two UEFA Licensed Coaches
Every player works with our 2 THFC Coaches 5 days a week with group sessions, small group sessions, and 1-on-1 programs.
Individual strength and conditioning programs
Strength and Conditioning specialists will design individualised programs for each student enrolled in the program to help maintain and improve physical performance. Regular testing is also conducted to monitor player progress throughout the year.
Customised fitness programs
We focus on helping students maintain physical fitness for the pitch. Our health and medical staff provide education and regular check-ups with students to maintain health and fitness and reduce injuries.
Specialist goalkeeper coaching
Each Goalkeeper in the GFP program will receive high-quality Goalkeeper training 3 times a week, with small group sessions and 1-on-1 sessions available.
Q: I will be relocating to Wollongong to join the Program, how will I find a club to play for?
A: The UOW Global Sports Program Manager along with the coaching staff will assist you in finding a local club that is suitable for your level. We have built relationships with many clubs in the region and will be able to find a club for all levels of ability.
Q: I will be commuting to Wollongong to study and for the Program. I am happy with the club I am currently playing at, do I need to join a local club in the Illawarra?
A: If you have a club you would like to remain playing for, you do not have to find a new club in the Illawarra. Be mindful of the commitment you are making to the program and your study as the commute time will need to be factored into your week.
Q: Why Tottenham Hotspur FC?
A: Tottenham Hotspur is renowned across the globe for developing talented young players for both Club and country. This includes current first-team players such as Harry Kane, Oliver Skipp and Jessica Naz. Tottenham’s Global Football Programs offer world-class experiences, inspiring young players by using training methods direct from our Academy to support every player to reach their full potential. Together with the UOW, the Global Football Program will allow students the opportunity to become some of the best players in the region.
Q: I am not sure I want to commit to studying for three years, is there a course I can do to complement the GFP for 2021?
A: To be eligible for the Global Football Program you must be an enrolled student at UOW or UOW College. If you are not sure you are ready to commit to a full degree at UOW, there are options at the UOW College which are shorter options to kick-start your education at UOW.
Q: Will there be an opportunity for a UK Tour?
A: Yes. The UK Tour has been designed to give students the opportunity to go visit Tottenham Hotspur’s brand new stadium and Training Ground whilst also having the chance to go into London to see some of their world-famous sights. This end-of-year tour will be an additional cost.
Q: Will this program help me progress as a footballer?
A: With 5 days a week of training, regular gym schedules, and other services provided, the Global Football Program will push every player to their footballing limit, giving them the best opportunity to develop. With the regional connections assembled, the GFP can give you the best chance of trailing, training, and playing with reputable teams of all abilities in the Illawarra region.
Q: Who is on the External Advisory Board for the Global Football Program?
A: See the full member list on the External Advisory Board page.