Appropriately enough, the architecturally exciting and innovative Newhall development in Harlow was the sponsor of the Innovative Scheme of the Year award at this year’s Harlow Sports Awards – and it was won by the Kickz Initiative for children’s football.
Kickz is a national project run by all the premier league football clubs, but it was piloted by Tottenham Hotspur in 2006. According to Trevor Duberry of Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, who accepted the award on behalf of Kickz from Matthew Byatt of Newhall Projects, the Kickz scheme is now so successful that it currently has over 64 projects across Greater London and in excess of 100 nationally.
“We are very proud to be recognized for this award for the Kickz programme which started in Harlow at the beginning of the year,” he said. “It is such a valuable initiative as it encourages young people, aged between 12 and 18 years to take part in either football, or other activities such as, basketball, boxing, music and even hair and beauty sessions, for three hours per night, three days per week, 48 weeks out of 52 in the year. I am very proud to be part of it and grateful to Newhall for its valuable sponsorship of these awards.”
Innovation is certainly in evidence at Newhall where the latest schemes nearing completion include North Chase, which has been designed by four different award winning architects and features the exciting land mark ZigZag building, with its wooden vail, which will soon house the first commercial enterprise on the scheme – a restaurant called Rhubarb!
Prices at North Chase start at £185,000 with further information on www.northchase.co.uk or by calling the information centre on 01279 416660.