Date published: 03/07/2015
Young people at the West Bromwich Albion Community Sports Hall, West Bromwich, are set to receive a huge boost with the news that the Albion Foundation, the community arm of West Bromwich Albion FC who run a variety of community programmes in the West Midlands, has been awarded a grant of £25,000 by Barclays. The money will contribute towards the general maintenance of the sports hall, which was in need of repair after regular usage.
The new funding for the sports hall follows previous grants totalling £354,828 from Barclays and the Football Foundation since 2005. These grants were used to build the original sports hall as well as funding the delivery of a variety of community sports programmes including the Premier League Kicks scheme.
Barclays Spaces for Sports is a community sports programme which uses the power of sport to help young people develop the confidence and skills they need, and revitalise disadvantaged communities. As part of this scheme, Barclays partnered with the Football Foundation to deliver the award-winning £67m facilities investment programme which has developed 200 community facilities across the UK, that cater for a wide range of sports.
Rob Lake, Director at The Albion Foundation, said, “We are delighted to, once again, receive a grant from Barclays to help us sustain and grow our already busy community activity programme from our sports hall.”
John Spellar, MP for Warley commented on the new grant, “At a time of many cuts in provision this grant is very necessary and welcome and Barclays and the Football Foundation are to be congratulated.”
Paulette Cohen, Head of Global Programmes, Barclays, said, “We are committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of all Barclays Spaces for Sports sites and the additional funding that the Albion Foundation has received is a strong example of this. This is one of over 200 UK sites where we work with our partner, the Football Foundation, offering financial and non-financial assistance so they can continue to have a positive impact in the local community.”
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