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Tennis presenter Marcus Buckland joined local youngsters to launch a new tennis wall at the White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre. The wall will enhance tennis facilities already provided at the site as part of Barclays Spaces for Sports.

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I think it's great that we've been able to enhance the facility so we can get even more young people and members of the local community using it. Our club is in a highly disadvantaged area of East Haringey and most of the nearby areas are in the 10% most deprived in the country, so facilities like this are very important.
Siwan Stephens, Tennis Development Officer at The White Hart Lane Tennis Club.

Sky Sports presenter Marcus Buckland officially unveiled the new wall following a tennis tournament between local youngsters aged 7-9 years from Seven Sisters Primary school, Downhills Primary School, West Green Primary School and North Haringey Primary School.

The White Hart Lane Tennis Club, which uses the courts, has also recently benefited from a new pavilion funded by Haringey Council which also runs the community centre in partnership with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

A similar wall has already been built at the Lilian Baylis Community Hub in Lambeth, home to another Barclays Spaces for Sports site with existing tennis courts. The walls offer greater access to grassroots tennis in two deprived, urban areas where there is otherwise limited access to sporting facilities.

The walls were built as part of Barclays commitment to grassroots tennis through its sponsorship of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Other sites that cater for tennis will be consulted on how they can be supported over the remainder of the sponsorship deal.

This is the second year of Barclays deal with the ATP as title sponsors of the World Tour Finals event, which will be held at The O2 in South-East London for each of the next four years. This year’s tournament is November 21 to 28.

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