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Birmingham sports site now safer thanks to Barclays grant

Birmingham sports site now safer thanks to Barclays grant

Date published: 03/07/2015
The Ackers Sports pitches have received a grant from Barclays.

The Ackers pitches and changing pavilion, Birmingham, is now a safer place to enjoy sport following the news that Birmingham City Council, who own and maintain the facility, has been awarded a grant of £8,434 by Barclays. The grant will contribute towards the installation of a new CCTV and security system to keep the site, and the users of it, safe.

The new funding for the Ackers pitches follows previous grants totalling £305,764 from Barclays and the Football Foundation since 2005. These grants were used to create the facility and turn it into the sporting hub it is today, which is used by hundreds of young people playing football every weekend.

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.

Zhor Malik, Site Manager at Birmingham City Council, said, “Creating Spaces for Sport is a great social leveller, empowering all sections of the community, young and old to participate and engage in sport activities. The continued investment by Barclays will create a safe and trusted place for people to use the facilities.”

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 Birmingham City Council 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.

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Niall Malone, Football Foundation - Communications Manager, 0345 345 4555 ext:4275 or niall.malone@footballfoundation.org.uk 


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“Creating Spaces for Sport is a great social leveller, empowering all sections of the community, young and old to participate and engage in sport activities. The continued investment by Barclays will create a safe and trusted place for people to use the facilities.”

Zhor Malik, Site Manager at Birmingham City Council

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