Enfield Council, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and Tottenham Hotspur announced the launch of the Section 106 Partnership in Enfield at an event attended by Spurs legend Ossie Ardiles and Academy player Harry Kane on Tuesday 29 June.
Members of local community groups joined guests and dignitaries on a short walk to the Lee Valley White Water Centre to celebrate the first partnership initiative; Olympic-themed Healthy Walks in the London Borough of Enfield.
The relationship will see the three organisations working together to deliver sport and community programmes aimed at benefitting the lives of people within the local community.
The launch of the partnership highlights Tottenham Hotspur's commitment of £2.3m to community sport and physical activity over the next 10 years in the London Borough of Enfield, starting with the Healthy Walks Programme being delivered with Enfield Council and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation will work alongside Enfield Council and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority in delivering the programme of joint projects.
The Foundation uses sport as a vehicle to create life changing opportunities for children, groups and individuals within our communities by working with a wide range of partners. Earlier this year the Foundation reached a landmark, creating one million life changing opportunities for people in the local community in only four years.
Cllr Bambos Charalambous, Cabinet Member for Young People and Culture, Leisure, Sports and the Olympics, said: "This unique partnership, which sees Enfield Council working closely with Tottenham Hotspur and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, is great news for the residents of Enfield.
"It shows our determination to get people of all ages active. With all the opportunities that the Bulls Cross training facility will bring and the launch of our comprehensive Walks brochure which outlines all the walks in the borough this summer, many of which take place in our beautiful parks, it strengthens our commitment to the 'Everybody in Enfield Active' programme."
Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, said: "We are delighted to be working with Tottenham Hotspur and Enfield Council to encourage community members out into the stunning open spaces and parklands that are on their doorstep. The Olympic themed Healthy Walks initiative perfectly complements Lee Valley Regional Park's varied events programme which provides opportunities for everyone to enjoy outdoor sport and recreation within the Park.
"We hope that in passing the site of the Lee Valley White Water Centre, the walks will inspire the local community as they will be able to enjoy canoeing, kayaking and white water rafting when the Centre opens to the public in spring 2011 - the only brand new Olympic venue to open to the public before the Games. As the owners and managers of WWC, the Valley Regional Park Authority will ensure that this world class venue can be enjoyed by everyone, from local clubs to school children, elite athletes to complete beginners, from the local community and the region"
Donna-Maria Cullen, Executive Director, Tottenham Hotspur, added: "We are delighted with the formation of the Section 106 partnership, which together with the commencement of works on the Club's new world-class training facility at Bulls Cross, signifies the considerable investment and commitment from the Club to the Borough.
"Enfield Council and the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority are excellent partners and through the work of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation we look forward to delivering sport, physical activity and community programmes over the next decade for the local community."