A new football programme for girls run in partnership with a sixth form college aims to build a bridge between sports coaching and academic courses.

The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and Spurs Ladies football team are to work together with Haringey Sixth Form College to deliver a Girls Futsal Programme.

In addition to football coaching courses that include A Levels and BTECs will be made available to 16-to-19-year-olds.

Players who show promise on the sporting field could earn a trial with Spurs Ladies.

Karen Hills, Spurs Ladies first team manager, said: “It’s exciting to see a Girls Futsal Programme coming to the local community and we’re looking forward to creating a strong working relationship with Haringey Sixth Form to bring this programme to life.”

Futsal is a fast small-sided football game recognised by UEFA and FIFA.

The game is a good way to develop a players’ technical ability and teaches them how to manage high pressure situations.

Nikki Kelly, acting CEO of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “We’re excited to be able to provide more opportunities for girls in our local community to take part in sport and physical activity.”

The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation already runs successful Education and Football Development Centres at other colleges.