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Nov 30 2011

Councillor Bill Stephenson’s Leaders Blog – November 30, 2011

Some colleagues and I were guests of Barnet Football Club last Friday (25th November). The club runs the Hive community football centren – Barnet’s nickname is the Bees, get it – on Prince Edward Playing Fields in Edgware, where their youth team trains. They are involved in a multitude of community activities and are also hoping to develop their academy to Premier League status. They are well on the way to doing this.

Barnet currently play in League 2 and only just escaped relegation last year. We obviously brought them luck on Friday evening as they won 2-1 against Macclesfield, having lost 6 -3 to Burton in their previous home match.

Their Underhill ground is situated in the middle of a residential area with the end of the ground adjoining the back gardens of a row of houses. The playing field is of the highest quality as are the floodlights. It has a famous slope – the biggest in the Football League. No smoking or drinking is allowed in the ground and I noticed an advert for Stanmore College, who work with Barnet Women’s Club, as well as signs for ’Kick racism out of football’ .

Before the match we had the privilege of being introduced to John Motson, who was commentating on Chelsea’s match with Wolves the following day, and David Pleat was also there.

Harrow is lucky to have the support of two football clubs involved in local community ventures  – Watford FC at the soon-to-be-opened Cedars Youth and Community Centre in Harrow Weald , and Barnet at the Hive. We are very grateful for their contributions to Harrow.

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