Date published: 18/09/2014
Local residents of Boston will soon be able to take advantage of a refurbished Boston College Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) after the news that Boston Collegehas been awarded a grant of £27,190 by Barclays to resurface the Barclays Spaces for Sports site.
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 programme, Barclays has partnered with the Football Foundation to develop 200 community facilities across the UK, which cater for a wide range of sports.
The grant will contribute towards the resurface and re-marking of the site’s MUGA, including new basketball hoops and boards, netball posts and football goals. This work is due to start in the next couple of weeks, and should take 14 weeks to complete so will be ready for the next academic year. Once the MUGA has been resurfaced the rest of the grant will be used to fund equipment and the delivery of a range of activities, enabling the site to host a plethora of sporting programmes as well as coaching and Young Leaders courses.
The new funding for the centre follows previous grants totalling £69,770 from Barclays since 2007.
Katrina Gilbert, Marketing Manager at Boston College said “The funding we have received from Barclays Spaces for Sports has enabled the college to make improvements to its facilities much quicker for the benefit of our learners and the community. We are very excited about the development and hope the new Multi Use Games Area will encourage more people to take up a sport at the centre.”
Mark Simmonds, MP for Boston and Skegness, commented on the new grant, “The funding that Boston College has received over the last seven years has had a real impact on community sport in the local area. The new grant will help to increase the usage of the site and will enable the centre to continue to offer a range of fantastic sporting opportunities for my constituents. I am delighted that Barclays has chosen to contribute to the Boston community.”
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 Boston College 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.”
Experts at the Football Foundation work closely with each site to identify their needs, and provide practical help such as advice on how to draw up new business and marketing plans and establish new local partnerships.
The Barclays Spaces for Sports Programme is part of Barclays’ wider commitment to invest £250m to help five million disadvantaged young people around the world, by 2015, develop the skills they need to fulfil their potential.
For further information please contact:
James Jackson, Football Foundation - Barclays Spaces for Sports Support Officer, 0845 345 4555 ext: 4262 or firstname.lastname@example.org