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Hotspur’s
training ground
branching
out into the
community
Tottenham
A PLCFF grant of £258,795 has been jointly awarded toTottenham
Hotspur Public Limited Company and theTottenham Hotspur
Foundation (THF), which delivers community work on behalf of
the club.
The grant will develop three new community grass pitches that
will be located within Spurs’ new world-class training ground.
The new site will:
• Support the delivery of some of the 70,000 hours of
community programmes within Enfield, as agreed in the Section
106 Agreement.
• Strengthen local partnerships, create sustainable pathways and
engage more vulnerable and disadvantaged local people in
programmes of activities.
• Commit to developing a Centre of Excellence for disabled
athletes, both in terms of participation and educational
programmes that will increase opportunities for disabled people
in football, as well as additional activities.
• Support theTHF Education and Football Development Centres
to utilise the facility to deliver their degree and BTEC courses.
Aside from the three community grass pitches,THF will also have
access to several world class facilities at the new £44m training
ground site, including the artificial pitch, the learning centre, the
educational space and the changing rooms.
The pitches are due to be finished in the summer.
The Manchester United Foundation,
in conjunction with Stretford High
School andTrafford Borough Council,
has secured PLCFF support towards
the development of a floodlit third
generation artificial grass pitch, as part
of the creation of the new Stretford
SportsVillage.
The school has strong links with both
Manchester United and Lancashire
County Cricket Club, being located just
a David De Gea goal kick from each.
However, the school has historically had
poor sports facilities.
The proposed SportsVillage community,
on land immediately adjacent to the
school, will not only rectify that but will
also regenerate the local area.
As well as the third generation pitch,
other funding has been secured for a
four-badminton court sized sports hall;
a fitness suite; a dance studio; changing
facilities and a junior-size grass pitch.
The Manchester United Foundation
worked with theTrafford LeisureTrust
to produce a Football Development Plan
that details how the facilities will be used.
The Plan meets each of the Premier
League’s four ‘domestic strands’, namely,
community cohesion, education, health
and sports participation.The club will
have ten hours free use of the facility
each week and will see Kickz community
project sessions being delivered at
the site each week by the end of the
first year.
In addition to this, the Foundation is
keen to utilise the SportsVillage as a hub
for the delivery of the Manchester FA
Coach Education programme, as well as
develop a Manchester United fan-zone
experience there for local residents and
visitors toTrafford on match days.
MANCHESTER
UNITED GO BACK
TO SCHOOL
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