Date published: 27/05/2015
Yesterday was a little out of the ordinary for local young footballers at the Whitsun holiday football course, held by Charlton Athetic Community Trust, as they were given the opportunity to see first-hand the Barclays Premier League Trophy. The day gave kids and adults alike the chance to get pictures with the 25kg masterpiece at the Charlton Athletic Training Ground in New Eltham which is one of 200 Barclays Spaces for Sports sites across the UK.
Kathy Smart, Head of Business Support at Charlton Athletic Community Trust, had this to say about the event, “It was fantastic to see so many young people excited about the visit of the Barclays Premier League Trophy. The day went really well with everyone enjoying themselves and getting plenty of photos. Thanks to Barclays for giving us this opportunity.”
The event, run by the Football Foundation, is an example of the partnership between Barclays and the Football Foundation, whose programme Barclays Spaces for Sports won Sponsorship / Partnership of the Year at the 2014 Football Business Awards.
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. 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.
As part of this scheme, Barclays has 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.
Paulette Cohen, Barclays Head of Global Programmes, said, “Barclays is delighted to be able to provide this unique opportunity for everyone involved with Charlton Athletic Community Trust to see the Barclays Premier League Trophy. The trophy tour is a great way for Barclays Spaces for Sports to reward just some of the 53,000 people who use our 200 sites across the country.”
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