Tottenham Hotspur Introduces N17 Arena
Tottenham Hotspur have launched a vibrant community space and talent ID centre in the heart of Tottenham called the N17 Arena.
Located at the south-east of the stadium campus, on the corner of Park Lane and Worcester Avenue, N17 Arena consists of two first-class Mini-Pitch System™ modular sports solutions, with accompanying floodlighting, provided by Musco, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’s Official Field of Play Lighting Supplier.
– An Astroturf pitch that will be used as an inner-city football talent ID centre by the Club’s Academy and Global Football Development team
– A revolutionary playing surface made from over 18,000 recycled trainers, delivered by Nike Grind, will host a range of free sporting activities for the local community
N17 Arena will enable the most talented young male and female footballers from the area to access a local training facility that provides a pathway through to elite level, right on their doorstep.
Local Primary schools will be given the opportunity to select gifted and talented students aged 6-11 to be put forward to take part in six-week programmes delivered by the Club’s Global Football coaches, with the opportunity to progress to Academy Development Centre sessions that will also take place at N17 Arena.
Dean Rastrick, Academy Manager, said: The Club has been looking for some time at having a base in Tottenham to that will enable us to identify young players, both boys and girls, within our catchment area.
“N17 Arena gives us a fantastic opportunity to bring young players from the Tottenham and Edmonton area to the core of our Academy programme.
“It is unique for a Club to have an inner-city pre-Academy programme based at its stadium in the heart of the community, and if we can get a young player from Tottenham to make that journey all the way through from N17 Arena into the First Team, it will be a brilliant story and mean so much to everyone connected with the Club.”
Donna-Maria Cullen, Executive Director, Tottenham Hotspur and Trustee, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, added: “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.
“We are well aware of the footballing talent that exists in this area – so much of which could slip through the net simply due to a lack of access to elite facilities. N17 Arena can change all of that – if there is a budding young player, male or female, in our locality, this is where they can get their break.
“All of this is happening on the footprint of the stadium campus, providing a truly inspirational setting and what we hope will be a real asset to the community.”
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