Tottenham Hotspur announce N-17 arena that will provide pre-academy development and other activities for the local community
The official Twitter handle of Tottenham Hotspur has notified its followers and supporters that the club will be starting a new sporting facility for local residents and provide them with various facilities. (h/t Football.london)
The N-17 arena will contain an Astroturf which can be used by the Club’s Academy and Global Football Development team. The pitch will be made of 18,000 recycled trainers. The Lilywhites have seen a host of talent come through from the academy. The likes of Harry Kane, Japhet Tanganga, Harry Winks, Oliver Skipp have all come through the academy.
This move could help the club save millions in the transfer market but more importantly will also help identify and nurture raw talent from a very young age. This will also help the club build a better connection with the local community and its residents. The local Primary schools will also be given the opportunity to send their best players aged 6-11 for further development here. They could then get the chance to gain a spot in the Academy Development Centre session.
There are plans for hosting a variety of other events like street food markets, match screenings and live music when fans come to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for games. Along with this there would also be a collection of other activities like disability sports provision and walking sessions for older people to fitness, exercise, and weight management sessions for local residents and multi-sports for ages 8-18.
💙 The Club is proud to introduce N17 Arena – a vibrant community space and talent ID centre in the heart of Tottenham, consisting of two first-class Mini-Pitch Systems provided by @MuscoLighting.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 6, 2021
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Thoughts of the management and players on this initiative
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Trustee and Executive Director, Donna-Maria Cullen expressed her thoughts on the initiative:
“We cannot stress enough the importance of facilities like this existing in the heart of our communities – providing the opportunity for local people to take part in fun, sporting activities in a structured way with our fantastic coaches overseeing,”
Delle Alli also went on to explain the importance of such a place for young and upcoming talent:
“It’s good as well if there’s talented kids in the area, being able to come here and be spotted. There’s always that opportunity, you never know who is watching,”
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This initiative can be a great part of making the residents feel like they are a much closer part of the club. It could also help young footballers to kick-start their professional football careers. having such facilities in the first team stadium and being close to their role models could provide them with determination and the right kind of inspiration to be better humans and sporting personalities in the future.