New community pitch opened in memory of Ugo Ehiogu
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Kyle Walker-Peters, who was coached by the late Ugo Ehiogu, attended Seven Sisters Primary School earlier this month
Tottenham Hotspur supported the opening of the 'Ugo Ehiogu Mini Pitch' - a new all-weather small-sided football pitch at Seven Sisters Primary School - which has been created in memory of Spurs' former U23 coach Ugo Ehiogu.
The pitch, which has been made possible as a result of investment from the Premier League-funded Football Foundation, the Football Association, Government, Side-On - a charity set up in Ehiogu's memory - and donations from parents and teachers from Seven Sisters Primary School.
It will provide opportunities for young people in the Borough of Haringey to have access to play football in a safe space.
As well as being used by Seven Sisters Primary School for P.E lessons, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the club's charitable arm, will deliver Premier League Kicks sessions for local children at the facility.
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Premier League Kicks, which the Foundation currently run in multiple venues across north east London, teaches youngsters football skills as well as helps children work together to build a safer, stronger and more respectful community and equip them with skills to help steer them away from potential crime.
Following a performance of 'Follow Our Dreams', a song written by Seven Sisters Primary School staff member and rapper DQ, the 'Ugo Ehiogu Mini Pitch' was officially opened by Ugo's wife, Gemma Ehiogu.
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She was supported by Kyle Walker-Peters, who worked under Ehiogu as an under-23 player, Seven Sisters Primary School Head Teacher Emma Murray and representatives from the Premier League, Football Association, Football Foundation, Tottenham Academy and Tottenham Foundation.
In addition to opening the pitch, Gemma Ehiogu also unveiled a mural of Ugo which has been created by a local artist, Grant Kennedy, in memory of the former England international who sadly passed away in April 2017 after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Following the opening ceremony, staff from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, with the help of Walker-Peters, delivered a Premier League Kicks session for pupils at Seven Sisters Primary School.
Gemma Ehiogu said: "Ugo was always passionate about ensuring every child had access to play sport in a safe space.
"This new facility will help youngsters in Haringey have more opportunities to play football, meet new friends, help improve their physical and mental health, and improve levels of anti-social behaviour in the area.
"It's a fitting way to remember him and I hope the facility brings huge joy to children living in this area."
Emma Murray said: "Here at Seven Sisters Primary School we are dedicated to providing our students with access to as much physical education as possible.
"This new facility is going to allow our children to play sport every day, and we would like to thank all funding partners for their generosity and support.
"We are delighted to be working with Tottenham Hotspur to open the facility up to other youngsters in the local community who will benefit from using it."
Spurs' Walker-Peters said: "It's been a real privilege being at the opening of the mini pitch. I wish I had something like this when I was growing up - it's a fantastic facility for children in Haringey.
"Ugo had a massive impact on my life and my playing career, and without him I wouldn't have improved as a player. I owe a lot to him, so it's been brilliant being here to remember him."
Richard Masters, Interim Chief Executive at the Premier League said: "Tottenham Hotspur carries out a huge amount of community work to support local schools and clubs in Haringey, and the launch of this floodlit all-weather pitch in the heart of their local area will help them do even more.
"Seven Sisters Primary School and Side-On also deserve huge credit for raising funds for this project, which will benefit so many and is a fitting legacy for Ugo given the passion he had for developing young people in the game."