Date published: 26/05/2015
Young people at Northampton Golf Club are set to receive a huge boost with the news that their course has been awarded a grant of £11,373 by Barclays. The money will contribute towards the purchase of ten portable floodlights allowing extended hours of play and a Powerbrush machine to maintain the greens. Funding was also provided to run school and early evening taster sessions.
The new funding for Northampton Golf Club follows previous grants totalling £47,999 from Barclays and the Football Foundation since 2007. These grants were used to build a six-hole golf course and fund coaching sessions for schools and the community.
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.
Mark Norton, Head Junior Coach at Northampton Golf Club, said, “It’s vital the golf club continues to evolve with modern day demands. This Barclays funding will allow us to deliver mid-week twilight coaching that we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to. We are also aiming to establish links with local schools and communities as well as extending the golf season with the portable floodlights.”
Chris Heaton-Harris, MP for Daventry, commented on the new grant, “I’m delighted that Barclays are continuing to invest in the excellent Northampton Golf Club and pleased that this investment will mean schools will be able to go along to golf taster sessions in the future.”
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 Northampton Golf Course 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.
For further information please contact:
James Jackson, Football Foundation - Barclays Spaces for Sports Support Officer, 0845 345 4555 ext:4262 or email@example.com