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Published Friday, 22 June 2012

Enfield’s sporting history revealed through new exhibition at Enfield Museum.

Enfield has had a long and illustrious sporting history which is explored in a new exhibition opening on Friday 22 June at Enfield Museum in the Dugdale Centre.

The exhibition includes photographs and paintings of athletes and sporting events in the borough, as well historical and contemporary memorabilia. Some of the objects on display include historical local club uniforms, trophies, medals, historic equipment and even a club champions commemorative board.

A highlight of the exhibition is a collection of programmes, posters and newspaper articles from the 1948 London Olympic Games.

Enfield’s sporting legacy is unique in London because the preservation of our green spaces has enabled the borough to maintain many of the historical sporting grounds.

The Walker Cricket Ground in Southgate has been used for sport since the mid 19th Century and the newly refurbished QEII stadium was originally opened in the 1930s.

These places have paved the way for new facilities such as the Lea Valley Athletics Centre, now a world class training centre used by Olympic athletes.

Cllr Bambos Charalambous, Enfield Council Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Youth and Localism, said: "Our Sporting Life pays tribute to Enfield’s sporting legacy with a fantastic array of memorabilia. It’s interesting to see how the changes in the borough throughout history have influenced our love of sport and led to us developing such fine venues today."

"The residents of Enfield are lucky to have years of sporting expertise at their disposal through our long-established clubs and leisure facilities. I know that this knowledge will be passed on to create our next generation of great athletes."

"With each exhibition the Enfield Museum consistently highlights some of the reasons why people love living in Enfield."

The exhibition will run until the 24th of February 2013.

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