If Scottish DJ Ewan McVicar’s dance anthem tell me something good can be heard echoing in the full-time locker room, it means Tottenham Hotspur Women have won again. Defenders Kerys Harrop and Shelina Zadorsky sing along and goalie Rebecca Spencer leads the way.
It’s a scene that’s becoming increasingly familiar for Rehanne Skinner’s side, as they reach the semi-finals of a major cup competition for the first time in club history and exceed expectations in Women’s Super League, level on points with Sunday’s opponents. , third-placed hosts Manchester United (kick-off is at noon and can be viewed on FA Player) and just four behind leaders Arsenal.
And it’s not just the results that have changed for Tottenham. The women’s team moved into the club’s Hotspur Way complex in December 2020 and last year a new pitch was laid out at the training ground for their exclusive use. Currently under construction, a new building on the site will also be dedicated to the use of the women’s team as the culture change continues. “You can’t underestimate how it makes the players feel, as an integral part of how this club progresses, that they are valued,” head coach Skinner said, about of the team’s change from its former shared training base. at Barnet’s The Hive.
Experienced defender Harrop, who joined Tottenham in July 2020 after more than 20 years on the books from Birmingham City, agreed, adding: “It’s a big deal. Going to the training ground was huge, it’s more like a club, right? We are one club, all in the same establishment.
Another major change made by the club towards the end of 2020 was the appointment of former England, Wales and Arsenal assistant manager Skinner. She replaced longtime co-managers Karen Hills and Juan Amoros, who had laid huge foundations overseeing the club’s rise through the lower amateur league divisions. Just over a year later, the club are enjoying their best top-flight campaign to date; Midway through their 22-game season, they’ve already surpassed the final 20-point total they’ve had in each of the past two seasons.
For former Bristol City, Chelsea and Everton of Tottenham striker Rosella Ayane, 25, it was Skinner’s managerial skills that were at the heart of the results, telling the Telegraph Sport: “In a nutshell, it’s a leader. She’s ambitious, she’s highly driven, she works so hard, and she has extreme detail about the things that raise each individual’s game. You can see when we’ve had wins or fought back to equalise, that kind of mentality breeds from the top.”