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 Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai.  They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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