Date published: 07/10/2014
Barclays Spaces for Sports, 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 has been listed as finalists for the prestigious Football Business Awards. The annual awards held at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge showcase the best of the football industry throughout the year; Barclays and the Football Foundation have been nominated in the ‘Partnership of the Year’ category.
Spaces for Sports uses the positive values of sport to help young people from disadvantaged communities develop the skills they need to reach their potential. It is part of Barclays’ commitment to 5 Million Young Futures – a goal to build the next generation of achievers by helping them develop enterprise, employability and financial skills.
Since 2004 Barclays and the Football Foundation have worked in partnership to deliver the community-based sports programme. The partnership has invested over £67m in the programme with Barclays contribution representing the biggest investment in community football by a private company in the UK. The overarching goal is to now ensure that all 200 sites are sustainable and able to stand on their own two feet to continue to provide sporting opportunities for the foreseeable future.
Paulette Cohen, Barclays Head of Global Programmes said: “It is fantastic that the partnership between Barclays and the Football Foundation has been nominated for such a prestigious award. This is recognition for all the hard work invested by everyone in the programme and partnership to make it so successful. Now with 53,000 people participating at our sites on a regular basis we hope the programme continues to go from strength to strength.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive, the Football Foundation said: “Thanks to Barclays’ and the Football Foundation’s investment over the past decade, more than 53,000 people are now using Spaces for Sports sites across the UK every week. Undoubtedly the programme has created a lasting sports infrastructure legacy that can get people active and regenerate hundreds of deprived communities across the UK. It is great to see the programme getting the recognition it deserves.”
For further information please contact:
• James Jackson, Football Foundation Barclays Spaces for Sports Programme Officer, 0845 345 4555 ext 4262 or firstname.lastname@example.org