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Harry Kane returns to his roots to open new 3G pitch

Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Harry Kane came home to Peter May Sports Centre where it all began to officially open a state of the art 3G artificial turf pitch. The playing field has a particular significance to him as it is where his love for sport was ignited and he developed his talent the for game.

Harry was joined by Virginia May, widow of the England and Surrey cricket captain Peter May after whom the facility is named. Peter was a Vice President of London Playing Fields Foundation and after his untimely death his wife Virginia very kindly allowed the charity to launch an appeal for capital funds in Peter’s name. We were delighted that Virginia, her daughters Tessa and Nicola and members of the extended family were able to attend the opening ceremony and see at first hand the fantastic legacy that Peter had created for the local community.

We are very grateful to the Football Foundation, through their Premier League & FA Facilities Fund, and London Marathon Charitable Trust for the generous grants which enabled us to upgrade the pitch. Their Chief Executives Paul Thorogood and Nick Bitel were present to see the result of their investment and to congratulate LPFF on its continued support of grassroots sport in London. Members from some of our user clubs including Ridgeway Rovers and Egbertians FC joined us alongside representatives from London FA and Essex FA with whom we have been working to develop a comprehensive football development plan for the facility.

LPFF Chief Executive Alex Welsh said:

“Playing fields are where sport starts and for the gifted few they are where careers start, so it was great to see Harry come home to where it all began. I’m sure that this new pitch will dramatically improve the playing and training experience for a whole generation of young footballers and be a model for other facilities across the country.” 

Click here to watch a short video of the opening on our YouTube channel