Spurs legend Ledley King opens new sports facility near Finsbury Park
By poppy_smith | Thursday, August 30, 2012, 21:11
Spurs legend Ledley King joined the fun at Ferry Lane Estate as the new Cruyff Court and multi-use games area (MUGA) was unveiled.
The former player teamed up with Haringey Council deputy leader Bernice Vanier and the Johan Cruyff Foundation to officially open the facilities on Tuesday.
An action-packed day of festivities saw football from the Dutch Paralympic 7-a-side team; tennis and basketball demonstrations; football workshops run by coaches from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, and a live DJ.
Opening of the MUGA follows investment from Haringey Council, the Cruyff Foundation and the People's Postcode Lottery.
And it marks another of Haringey Council's 12 in 2012 pledges to bring improvements to Tottenham throughout 2012.
Cllr Vanier said: "It's great to see the Cruyff Court and the MUGA up and running. I was thrilled that so many young people attended the opening and I'm sure that they will make the very best of the new facilities.I'm delighted that together with our partners we've been able to make the MUGA a reality, and that we've been able to deliver on another of our 12 in 12 commitments to Tottenham."
Spurs ambassador Ledley King said: "It's a great facility. I can only wish there were more things like this available to me when I was a young person growing up in inner city London.There's been a lot of negativity surrounding the area of Tottenham over the past year, but developments like this go to show the community is moving in the right direction. Hopefully we can find the budding sports people of the future making use of this facility."
The MUGA, which is open to all, includes basketball and tennis courts as well as state-of-the-art Cruyff Court, which boasts 3G astroturf.
The Cruyff Court is just the second in London and one of 162 worldwide. Johan Cruyff Foundation director Carole Thate said: "At the Johan Cruyff Foundation we work with a relatively small team, but by working together with third parties, we are able to achieve great results. This court is a nice example of these collaborations."