Posted on 20 March 2017
• The Club has submitted planning for the THFC Environmental Centre and Nature Reserve to the London Borough of Enfield
• The scheme represents a major long-term investment by the Club, builds on the success of the delivery of the Enfield community programming over the last six years and is a significant extension to the S106 commitment
• The facility would include a purpose-built education facility with classrooms and a nature reserve with boardwalks, wildflower walks and meadow, and ponds for outdoor-based learning alongside a top level multi-use sports pitch
• The Nature Reserve would be managed by Capel Manor College who would offer a dedicated education programme that will be designed and delivered in consultation with teachers from Enfield and linked to the National Curriculum
The Club today unveiled plans for an outstanding new education and environmental facility on a site adjacent to our Training Centre in Enfield.
The Tottenham Hotspur Environmental Centre and Nature Reserve would represent a Premier League first, and see the Club working in partnership with Enfield Schools and Capel Manor College to create a centre that would provide an outdoor-based learning opportunity that young people from across the Borough would be able to visit and explore at key points during their educational lives.
This facility would build on the significant success that has been achieved by the Club and its charitable body, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation through the delivery of the Section 106 (S106) programming, which has seen over 43,000 hours of sport, coaching and education delivered across Enfield since it began over six years ago.
The facility and nature reserve embraces and represents a significantly enhanced delivery of the original legal obligations set out in the S106, which required the provision of a ‘community and education office’, ‘access to the Training Centre for an average of 20 hours per week’ and a nature reserve.
Enfield Council, Capel Manor, Lea Valley Regional Park Authority and the Club have sought to encompass the adjacent Dickenson’s Trough Meadow alongside the originally designated land in the Western Field to both deliver on those requirements and enhance them to give young people across the Borough, via their schools, access to nature and the local environment.
The proposed THFC Environmental Centre and Nature Reserve will see the development of a high quality, multi-purpose, fully accessible and flexible education building including two classrooms, four changing rooms, staff facilities and outdoor teaching space.
It would include the creation of a new, organically-managed nature reserve and nature conservation area bringing wildflower walks, natural flora and fauna and wildlife to this part of Enfield and providing school children in the Borough with the opportunity to explore and learn in the natural environment and countryside.
The scheme will also facilitate outdoor activities and sports with a new Desso pitch, maintained to Premier League standard.
Daniel Levy, Club Chairman, said: “The location of the Club’s Training Centre has provided us with an unrivalled and unique opportunity to deliver something truly outstanding for the young people of Enfield.
“Through our section 106 commitments in Enfield we have already been able to engage and enhance the lives of thousands of young people from across the Borough. This facility represents a sustainable long-term investment into the next generation and will ensure schoolchildren from across the area will be able to study and enjoy nature and the countryside right in the area in which they live.”
The location of the proposed new Nature Reserve was agreed in consultation with Capel Manor College and the opportunity to preserve, enhance and share the ecological richness of Dickenson’s Trough Meadow outweighed options for the original site proposed (that had been farmed intensively for many years) and realises a long-term ambition of the College to increase managed access to Dickenson’s Trough Meadow.
The Nature Reserve would be managed by Capel Manor College with support from the Foundation (as originally stipulated in the 106 agreement).
It is an ideal site to create a high quality nature reserve which the College’s countryside and conservation students will use to develop their skills in habitat management whilst also offering Enfield schools an enhanced and rich natural learning experience. The educational plans for this facility have been developed in detail with teachers, students and Enfield Council’s education team with the aim of delivering curriculum-based learning through outdoor activity and exploration of our natural environment.
Dr Steve Dowbiggin OBE, Principal of Capel Manor which will manage Dickenson’s Trough Meadow, said: “Capel Manor College is delighted to play a role in the proposed development of this unique and high quality scheme. It would further enhance another element of the historic Forty Hall estate and through the considerable environmental improvements to Dickenson’s Trough Meadow will provide young people and the community of Enfield with an opportunity to see and experience nature conservation at its best."
The planning proposals, which have been submitted to Enfield Council for their consideration, have already received widespread support from schools across the Borough with over 30 Headteachers having co-written to the Council outlining the opportunity presented by this facility.
The Headteacher joint letter submitted with the application said: “Childhoods are dramatically changing, with fewer opportunities to spend time and learn outdoors. Busier family lives, combined with an increased sense of fear in society, children are having fewer opportunities to explore their surrounding natural environment.
“This wonderful base would provide a unique and high quality educational experience. They would be able to leave the stresses of urban life behind and spend a day studying outside, in woodlands, beside still water, in meadows and grasslands and have an amazing ‘hands on’ experience of the science curriculum.”
The new THFC Environmental Centre and Nature Reserve will be located on a site formerly known as Camp Field, with considerable environmental enhancements also carried out to Dickenson’s Trough Meadow, which will continue to be maintained and managed by Capel Manor College.
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