Spurs legend Gary Mabbutt opens new million pound sports hall at Enfield Grammar School

This Is Local London: Spurs legend Gary Mabbutt opens the new sports hall at Enfield Grammar with basketball shot Spurs legend Gary Mabbutt opens the new sports hall at Enfield Grammar with basketball shot

Tottenham Hotspur legend Gary Mabbutt showed off his basketball skills when he opened a new million pound sports hall at an Enfield school.

Students of Enfield Grammar School, in Parsonage Lane, Enfield, welcomed the former Tottenham player to the official opening of the new sports hall.

The hall, funded by the Sports Academies Trust, took six months to build and cost £1million.

Headmaster John Kerr welcomed the opening of the new building as the first part of their development at the lower school site.

He said: “This is a significant step for the school and first major build at the school for 20 years. We are delighted that we have managed to complete this in such a short space of time with several obstacles having been overcome.

“I am very happy that this sports facilities will benefit all our pupils as well as the local community, with other projects in the pipeline to build a new football pitch and refurbish our gym which will be open to members.”

Mr Mabbutt showed his ball skills aren’t restricted to a football by officially opening the hall with a first-time shot through the new hoop in the hall.

After showing his prowess with a basketball, Mr Mabbutt told the Enfield Independent of the importance sport still plays at schools.

He said: “This is a fantastic new sports hall and the school has received a great reputation for sports over the years.

“We do a lot of work in our own community and we are very strong at supporting local projects like this. It is fantastic what they have done here and it is hugely important for this school to make this type of facility available for its pupils and the community as well.”

The school expects to open a new gym as part of its second phase.

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