Spurs’ star striker, Harry Kane, took time out of his hectic schedule to officially open a new 3G pitch at the Peter May Sports Centre in Walthamstow, East London recently, where he used to play as a young lad!
The Walthamstow-based football hub is a conveyor belt for sporting talent, with Harry in very good company – David Beckham and cricketer Ravi Bopara also honed their skills there when they were young.
With 17 goals in the Premier League to his name so far this season, Harry will be hoping his willing running and clinical finishing will help Spurs to their first ever Premier League title. Although he has been taking the professional game by storm over the last couple of seasons, the front-man started out, just as every footballer does, at the grassroots level.
The Euro 2016-bound striker highlighted the importance of proper facilities while opening the new pitch at his former stomping ground: “The Peter May Sports Centre is a great example of the Football Foundation’s commitment to improving grassroots football across the country. It is so important that there are partnerships like that in football because it means that the grassroots game can prosper,’’ he said.
‘‘Not so long ago, I was just like the kids who are using the facility now, training hard and enjoying my football – we all start out in the grassroots game after all.” Remember, Kane played on the very same pitch when he was growing up, highlighting the importance of the Football Foundation’s work in building new pitches for the next generation to come through.
Harry spoke to players from Rushcroft FC who were training on the pitch, giving them advice and even joined them for a bit of two-touch! The England striker snipped the ribbon with Virginia May, whose late husband Peter, a former England Cricket Captain, has the site named after him.
The new third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) pitch received a massive grant of £368,696 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, who use money from the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England) to build new pitches and changing rooms across the whole country.
Since they were formed in 2000 the Football Foundation have pumped £1.3 billion into football facilities! Money for the facility also came from the London Playing Fields Foundation and the London Marathon Charitable Trust.
About the Football Foundation
Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 14,000 grants worth more than £546m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £773m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.