Academy update - Under 14s
New under 14's coach Chris Isted spoke to us about how the side is getting on so far this season.
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies under 14s have made a flying start in the Hertfordshire Girls Football Partnership League Division 1 and are currently positioned comfortably in second place, to their coach’s delight - Chris Isted, writes Rosie Bonass.
The team’s only defeat this season has been against Stevenage Borough Juniors Girls, who are top of the league but Spurs still remain firmly in the race for top spot as they continue to put pressure on the front runners and are doing so in style.
The under 14’s scored a remarkable 23 goals alone in the month of November but Isted asserted that the squad can do better and will need to improve if they want to compete at the highest level.
“I’m thrilled with the start we’ve made, it’s not so much about the results but more the brand we are starting to implement,” he commented. “Tottenham Hotspur is renowned for attractive and entertaining football and it’s a process I’m proud to be a part of. We have been scoring but I would like us to be more clinical. We create a massive amount of opportunities and we have to learn to convert more, especially if long term the players aim is to help Spurs Ladies progress in the WSL.”
February will be a busy month for the under 14s as they have five games scheduled in the calendar including a top of the table clash against Stevenage and Isted is hopeful that they can keep up with league leaders.
“I think we’ll keep Stevenage on their toes but we are still behind the pace they have set,” he added. “Fortunately we have a determined set of players behind us and with the right effort this is a team long term that can develop into a title winning side.”
Isted, who works alongside manager Andy Walker, is thoroughly enjoying his first season of coaching the U14s and is confident that he can contribute to achieving the long term goals set out by the club and the manager.
“I am new to the team and working along Andy Walker gave me the essence of what it means to be at a squad like Tottenham and has given me an idea of the high quality expected by the club,” he continued. “Last season from my understanding, didn’t meet expectations but Andy has put the principles in place and I am delighted to be supporting the continuation of that long term vision.”
Photographs with thanks to Wu's Photography.