Harry scores again, this time for grassroots football

Anonymous 18 November 2016

Harry Kane was presented with another award last night at our glittering fundraising Gala Dinner. This time he won the inaugural Made in London Award which celebrates the contribution that playing fields make in producing our sporting heroes.

Playing fields are where sport starts and for the gifted few they are where careers start. Countless past and present elite sportsmen and women will look back with a debt of gratitude and real affection to that local playing field in their youth where they honed their skills and fuelled their love for their chosen sport.

As the first winner of this annual award, Harry remembers with great fondness the countless hours he spent playing at LPFF’s Peter May Sports Centre in Walthamstow for his school and club teams.

Harry said: “I remember being 4 or 5 years old and going over to Peter May Sports Centre and playing football, having fun with my mates and just enjoying my time.”

“I’m one example of someone the charity has helped to become who I am now. I’m sure there are plenty of kids out there now who don’t just want to become professional sports people but want to be out there, getting fit and keeping healthy. The more we can protect these playing fields and keep people active, the more benefit there will be for our country.”

LPFF Chief Executive Alex Welsh commented:

“It is a testament to his character and the influence of his family around him that Harry wants to put something back. He has not forgotten his roots and is committed to ensuring that the current generation regardless of their background and ability has the same opportunities to play and enjoy the game.”

The Made in London award was presented by the charity’s Chairman Lord Cadogan.

Harry was also delighted to meet LPFF Vice Presidents Bob Wilson and John Hollins both of whom had remarkable careers at London football clubs and are keen advocates of the need to save the capital’s green space for sport.

For every player who makes it to the top of the professional game there are thousands of recreational sportsmen and women following their passion each weekend in our local parks and playing fields. With the increasing pressure on land for housing development and the need to increase physical activity levels to address the obesity crisis it is imperative that the loss of sports pitches in the capital is arrested. The charity is committed to safeguarding, and where possible expanding and improving, the capital’s playing pitch stock for use by current and future generations.