Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, official sponsors of the Tottenham Carnival, brought along a new and exciting addition to the carnival this year with the introduction of the Spurs Zone, where people of all ages were able to show off their skills in the numerous activities put on by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation in the tennis court area of Bruce Castle Park on Saturday, June 21.
The Club also invited young people from the Capag and Dazu organisations to be involved in the Spurs Zone. Capag is an organisation originated by local parents to roll out activities for their disabled children and their siblings. Dazu was established to run inclusive services for both disabled and non-disabled young people, also running the Enfield Carers Project.
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club's float featured in the parade, which travelled through the heart of Tottenham from Eade Road to Bruce Castle Park. The Spurs float included participants from a cross-section of projects from within the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation including young people from the Kickz and Positive Futures projects and children from our Partially Sighted Junior football team.
The float also featured a mobile football freestyling exhibition to a backdrop of street dancers from the Kickz project.
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Chief Operating Officer Grant Cornwell said: "We were delighted to have sponsored such a significant event in the Tottenham calendar.
"We are embedded within Haringey and by sponsoring the Tottenham Carnival we wanted to demonstrate to the community our commitment to working within this borough, which has been home to our football club for 125 years.
"The day went well and it was nice to see a mixture of different community groups at the carnival and being at the heart of that is exactly where Tottenham Hotspur should be.
"We had a wide range of people visiting the Spurs Zone to test their skills and it allowed us to showcase the activities that the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation organise 365 days a year within the local community."
Also headlining at the Tottenham Carnival was a dedicated Latin section, 'Carnival Latino', as well as, in another first, a 'Comedy Area'.
Councillor Sheila Peacock said: "I am absolutely ecstatic that Tottenham Hotspur Football Club chose to sponsor the Tottenham Carnival this year. The carnival is getting bigger and better every year and I am extremely pleased with how this year's event has gone.
"I was amazed to see how the tennis courts were transformed by the Spurs Zone because nothing normally happens in this area during the Carnival- it is an empty space- so it was good to see so many people getting involved.
"We had a huge Latin America section in the park and having Spurs involved as well was great because it allowed the community to see the Club actively showing an interest in the people that live within the borough."