Tottenham Hotspur back new University Technical College

The college will specialise in sport, science and health

Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur is to back one of the Government’s new flagship University Technical Colleges -  which aim to give 14 to 18-year-olds a top class vocational education.

The Tottenham UTC, which will have a curriculum specialising in sport, science and health, is one of 13 new UTCs announced by the Coalition Government today bringing the total to be opened by 2015 to 45 – more than three times the original pledge made in the Conservatives’ manifesto.

Former Education Secretary Lord (Kenneth) Baker, who is pioneering the drive to introduce the new type of school, said: “All these UTC’s will do something to help fill the enormous skills gap in our economy.”

An announcement of more UTC’s opening in 2015 is expected to be made before the end of the year. The 13 include colleges specialising in engineering, construction, design and environmental and marine engineering.