As part of their new campaign ‘Nothing Beats a Londoner’, Nike, the Club’s official kit partner, has refurbished the football facility at Tottenham Community Sport Centre.
Twenty local youngsters from Tottenham Hotspur Foundation programmes practised their shooting, dribbling and passing skills on a new all-weather football pitch. Club Ambassador Ledley King attended the event to offer advice and encouragement to those in attendance.
During half term, over 75 Nike-sponsored professional athletes will be sent into communities around the capital to interact with and inspire hundreds of young Londoners at 270 different sports venues. Over 2500 people will have the opportunity to attend Nike sporting and cultural events.
Nike’s renovation of the Tottenham Community Sports Centre comes as the Club continues to drive the regeneration of the area through its new stadium development scheme.
The new stadium, set to open later this year, will be the largest capacity football club stadium in London, creating a new sports and leisure destination for the capital with a hive of activity 365 days a year, a new museum, an innovative Skywalk, 21st century retail experiences, first-class conference and banqueting and high-quality leisure facilities including restaurants and a hotel – and will attract in excess of two million visitors per year.
The Club has to date already delivered 258 new homes, 100 per cent affordable, the new Brook House Primary School on the site of an old rubber factory, the 78,000 square foot Sainsbury’s supermarket and the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham school (LAET). To date, as a direct result of the scheme, 1,193 new jobs have been delivered across a range of industries, including retail, education, construction, hospitality, IT and security, with all going to local people.
Ledley said: “Having a safe space like this for teenagers to play sport is hugely beneficial to the area. Local youngsters will now have more opportunities to play sport and meet new friends on their doorstep, helping to improve their physical and mental health and reduce levels of anti-social behaviour. With the Club’s stadium development ongoing, we are changing the face of Tottenham and these fantastic new facilities, courtesy of Nike, at Tottenham Community Sports Centre are another example of this.”