Harry Kane’s childhood football home gets new pitch

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England and Spurs striker Harry Kane has returned to his roots to open a new pitch for local teams built with funds from the Premier League.

Last season’s Golden Boot winner went to the Peter May Sports Centre in Walthamstow, east London, named after the legendary England cricketer, to open the new £578,000 floodlit 3G artificial grass pitch.

Kane learned to play on the site, as did David Beckham before him.  Other notable fledgling sporting careers started at the centre include Kane’s former Spurs teammate Andros Townsend, who unluckily missed out on making Roy Hodgson’s final 23 for the imminent Euro 2016, and England & Essex cricketer Ravi Bopara.

The new facilities, installed by SIS Pitches and Dawn Fencing using Duo8 Super Rebound sports fencing from Zaun, replace a sand-filled pitch, which could not cope with the high demand from local clubs.

Many amateur teams will call the new facility home, including Beckham and Kane’s old club, Ridgeway Rovers. At the same time, Colchester United and Leyton Orient will help the women’s game and people with disabilities.

Over the next five years, it is expected that the number of teams at each of those clubs will increase by 40%.

Kane joined the local 16-18-year-olds in an impromptu keepy-up session at the opening, which was also attended by Peter May’s widow Virginia, who said: “The new pitch is absolutely wonderful, and I was thrilled to open it with Harry officially.”

He said: “It looks fantastic; I wish we’d had this when I was playing down here.

I learnt my football trade in this part of the world, so I know how much this new pitch will mean to the local community. This facility will inspire more people to get involved in sport and in doing so will create quality, home-grown talent and increase participation levels in football.”

About Zaun

Zaun is the only in-house British Manufacturer of Woven and Welded Mesh Fencing Systems. For 27 years, they have been the trusted manufacturing partner for sports and physical perimeter security. With a wide range of fencing, gate, and HVM solutions they can offer Protection Through Innovation for your next project.

Located in the West Midlands, they are a privately owned company first formed in 1996 and continuing to promote British manufacturing on the world stage. A proud member of Made in Britain and Made in the West Midlands, Zaun has worked on numerous projects around the world from Border Security and Airports, to Sports and Critical National Infrastructure.

The continued investment in their manufacturing processes and systems has enabled the latest in problem-solving and innovation. At the same time, an approach to ‘The Right People in the Right Places’ puts the customer experience at the heart of their business.

The quality of their wide range of systems is assured through ISO 9001 and third-party certification for high-security and HVM solutions including LPS 1175, Secured by Design, Approved for UK Government Use (NPSA), and PAS 68.

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