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Spurs star opens new floodlit 3G pitch at local primary school

Spurs star opens new floodlit 3G pitch at local primary school

Date published: 14 May 2019

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Spurs star opens new floodlit 3G pitch at local primary school

Pupils at Seven Sisters Primary School in Haringey now have their very own floodlit 3G pitch after local hero Kyle Walker-Peters officially opened the new small-sided all-weather football pitch recently (Friday 10 May).

The new pitch was made possible thanks to a £120,000 investment from the Premier League, The FA and the Government via Sport England, through their charity, the Football Foundation. This grant in turn attracted funds raised by Side-On, the foundation created in honour of Ugo Ehiogu, and the school itself, both contributing £11,300 to make the project possible.

In addition to the school using the pitch to improve physical activity, the pitch will be used by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation (THF) which will deliver a diverse programme of activities at the site including Premier League Kicks sessions all year round. Local youth charities and community groups will also deliver initiatives on the pitch.

Emma Murray, headteacher of Seven Sisters Primary School, said: “Here at Seven Sisters Primary School, we are delighted to be providing our students with access to as much physical education as possible. This new facility is going to allow our children to play sport every day, and we would like to thank all Funding Partners for their generosity and support. We are delighted to be working with Tottenham Hotspur to open the facility up to other youngsters in the local community who will benefit from using the site.”

Kyle Walker-Peters said: “It’s been a real privilege being at the opening of the mini pitch. I wish I had something like this when I was growing up - it’s a fantastic facility for children in Haringey. Ugo had a massive impact on my life and my playing career, and without him I wouldn’t have improved as a player. I owe a lot to him, so it’s been brilliant being here to remember him.”

Richard Masters, Interim Chief Executive at the Premier League, said: “Tottenham Hotspur carries out a huge amount of community work to support local schools and clubs in Haringey, and the launch of this floodlit all-weather pitch in the heart of their local area will help them do even more.  Seven Sisters Primary School and Side-On, also deserve huge credit for raising funds for this project, which will benefit so many and is a fitting legacy for Ugo given the passion he had for developing young people in the game."

Gemma Ehiogu, the wife of the late Ugo Ehiogu, said: “I feel very proud to be part of such a wonderful project alongside the Premier League, the FA, Sport England and Tottenham Hotspur in helping to accomplish Ugo’s dream. He would have loved to have seen so many young people enjoying themselves playing football on such a great pitch. It’s just fantastic.”

Paul Elliott, Chair of The FA's Inclusion Advisory Board, said: "Ugo was a talisman who served the game, both as a player, and as an emerging coach, with distinction. This pitch is a fitting way to ensure his legacy lives on through the local communities who will benefit from such a facility."

Mims Davies, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said: "Football has an incredible power to bring people together and this facility will not just benefit the young people at Seven Sisters Primary School but many more in the wider Tottenham community. It is fantastic that Side-On are involved in this project in what is also a wonderful tribute to a Premier League great who did so much to bring on the next generation of talent.

"Quality facilities and pitches are essential to encourage participation and the government is completely committed to playing our part in strengthening grassroots football in this country, alongside our Football Foundation partners The FA and Premier League."

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I’d like to thank Gemma Ehiogu and family for joining the celebrations at Seven Sisters Primary School and for their support throughout. This project is a fitting tribute to Ugo Ehiogu, his legacy and his dream to give every child equal opportunities to access and play football. The support of the Premier League, The FA and Government enables the Football Foundation to help improve community sports facilities like this one across the country.”

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Spurs star opens new floodlit 3G pitch at local primary school
Spurs star opens new floodlit 3G pitch at local primary school
Spurs star opens new floodlit 3G pitch at local primary school

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“It’s been a real privilege being at the opening of the mini pitch. I wish I had something like this when I was growing up - it’s a fantastic facility for children in Haringey.” - Kyle Walker-Peters

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