STUDENT sports trainer Bryan Wood is set to earn his Spurs – by working on and off the pitch with Premier League high-flyers Tottenham.
Bryan, 22, will spend two years with the north London club applying the science behind nutrition, diet and training after gaining a double merit in his BTEC Level 3 sport course at South Tyneside College.
His foundation degree in Applied Football and Performance with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation starts in September, and will include 90 days of work experience training with Spurs’ reserves.
The rare learning opportunity could also give him the chance to play ball with the multi-millionaires of the first team, who helped the club finish sixth in the table last season.
But most of the Newcastle United fan’s work will be behind the scenes using an in-depth knowledge of food and exercise gained during his two years at the college, in St George’s Avenue, South Shields.
He said: “Having the chance to be involved with a club as famous and as big as Tottenham is incredible – I can’t wait to get started.
“To work so closely with a famous and very good Premiership football club is a dream come true.
“It makes absolutely no odds that I’m a Newcastle supporter – this is great chance to learn from the best and I intend to seize it.
“I’ve learnt so much on my course about subjects such as nutrition and the best foods for sportsmen and women to take that I feel very prepared for this new training role.
“Coming to South Tyneside College was the best decision I ever made.
“Staff introduced me to the route I wanted to take, and their help and support has been invaluable.”
Bryan was attracted to the practical elements of his two-year course, which included learning the rules and regulations of a variety of sports, and the study of team sports.
Inspired by the college’s full-time ‘sports maker’ Rob Grainey, he took on a student management role, working alongside his mentor to set up a football league, which now has six teams who play three times a week.
In that role he is responsible for administration, fixtures, leagues, organising facilities and club captains.
With support from the college and Tyne and Wear Sport, Bryan was able to complete an FA Level 1 coaching certificate in football, badminton and table tennis, which allowed him to train South Shields Football Club’s under-12s and under 16s.
He also completed 10 days’ work experience at Grindon Hall School in Sunderland, where is now employed in a volunteering role coaching and supervising PE lessons.
The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation provides training and education programmes and encourages enterprise and innovation and promoting social cohesion and enhancing life skills.
Mr Grainey said: “Bryan has been incredibly enthusiastic throughout his course and he fully deserves this great opportunity.
“There are few chances of getting to work with Tottenham, and it is full credit to him that he is one of a small group who have been chosen.
“The college’s sports courses provide the perfect skills base for students who are willing to work hard to excel.
“Bryan has proved just what can be achieved by those with the right level of enthusiasm and dedication.”