This season has seen a remarkable turnaround in our prospects and performances following managerial changes made at the end of October last year. Whilst it was undoubtedly the more difficult option at the time, I am delighted that the changes have proved to have been the correct ones and that we have been able to enjoy a positive ending to our season. It has been a terrific team effort led by Harry and I am extremely grateful for the drive and determination of all concerned to effect this turnaround.
For the first time in three years we play our last game of the season away from home and we still have much riding on the outcomes of our last two matches. Qualifying for the UEFA Europa League would have all the attractions and benefits that European football delivers and I know Harry and the team are chasing the final European place.
Off the pitch, we have the best interests of this Club at heart and we continue to be ambitious for the future. Nothing demonstrates this more than the fact that we have two major capital expenditure projects running concurrently.
The new Training Centre is happening - Whitewebbs buildings have been demolished and last week we satisfied all of the pre development conditions. We shall now start preparatory groundworks in order to formally commence works and meet the growing season timetable for the pitches - the start of what will be a three year build programme. As a Club we remain committed to developing young players through our Academy system and the success that has been enjoyed this season by the U18s is testament to this. Our Academy and First Team facilities at this new site will be unparalleled and assist us greatly in recruiting, retaining and training top quality players.
I hope you will also have had the opportunity to either visit our second public exhibition on the proposed new stadium development or to view our plans on the Club website. The positive reaction to these proposals has indicated that the time spent assembling the site and developing the optimum plans for the Club, the community and the surrounding environment was time well spent. I know you have all been eager to see progress on this front. These schemes take years to bring to fruition, however good progress has been made and we shall be submitting the full formal planning application for our new stadium development in the next few months.
Once again this has involved and will continue to involve a tremendous team effort. We shall be asking you, our supporters, and in particular our locally based supporters, to voice support for the scheme as we progress through the planning process. I hope that our supporters together with the local community will back what really is an inspirational flagship development capable of kick-starting much-needed regeneration in the area. It is sports-led schemes such as this that have demonstrated in other parts of the world, the power of sport to regenerate a local economy and I know, as fans, that it will be much welcomed by you all.
We have remained committed as a business to acknowledging our corporate social responsibilities. We have invested in putting something back into the Community, in supporting good causes and in utilizing the power of football to engage and inspire people of all ages and abilities. You can rightfully be proud that your Club, through the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, operates the most widely acclaimed and innovative community programmes in Europe - touching the lives of tens of thousands of people across North London. In addition to the numerous smaller charities we support, your Club has, for the second year, supported SOS Children's Villages and the Lane saw WoW (World Orphan Week) well supported by you all - thank you.
The players have given their time on over 100 occasions at community events and this will continue to be a platform of this Club's principle of playing our role in the Community.
The team will once again be thanking you all for your support at the end of today's match - both home and away and in all weathers. Yet again the Lane has hosted capacity crowds and the stadium project is a direct result of the demand there is to come and support the team.
I wish you and your families an enjoyable summer and look forward to welcoming you back to the Lane next season.