SPORTS clubs across the borough have sent a letter to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, supporting Saracens’ plans to move to Copthall Stadium.

Members of Copthall Community Sports Group have thrown their support behind the Premiership club’s proposal to develop the Sixties athletics stadium into a 10,000-seat venue.

The letter reads: “We are excited and enthused by the prospect of an £18m investment to create a vibrant community sports hub in north London.

“We, as the sporting clubs already based at Copthall, are keenly aware the site urgently requires investment in order to offer all the benefits that sport, in all its forms, can give to the community.

“In this Olympic year — potentially the greatest year ever for sport in London — please can we start by supporting these proposals to create a vibrant community sports hub in north London?”

Hendon Rugby Football Club, atheltics club Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers and Whetstone Wanderers Football Club are amongst eight sports groups who have signed the letter.

Speaking to the Times Series, Geoffrey Morphitis, treasurer of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, said: “Copthall is a building that has past its sell-by-date. But Saracens want to put proper seating in, proper changing rooms and many other things.

"Perhaps the most important thing for us is that there’ll be an indoor training area with an all weather surface which will enable people to train in the winter.”