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BMX riders back on track thanks to Barclays

BMX riders back on track thanks to Barclays

Date published: 08/06/2015
Young people in Brampton will benefit from funding thanks to Barclays

Young people at Brampton Bierlow BMX Track are set to receive a huge boost with the news that Brampton Bierlow Parish Council, who manage the site, has been awarded a grant of £24,777 by Barclays. The grant will contribute towards installing a starting gate to allow BMX coaching sessions and competitive events to take place. The funding will also be used to re-surface parts of the track, as well as purchasing a storage unit.  

The new funding for Brampton Bierlow BMX Track follows previous grants totalling £76,497 from Barclays and the Football Foundation since 2007. These grants were used to build the track, run BMX events and put volunteers on British Cycling Level 2 Courses.

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.

David Hudson, Clerk at Brampton Bierlow Parish Councl, said, “Members of the Parish Council are delighted with the award of a further grant from Barclays, the BMX track has been very successful since it opened in 2008. The funding will be used to upgrade the track, offering competitive facilities which will benefit all users. The investment will help to maintain its attraction to the local community whether it is being used by experienced riders or those new to the track.”

John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, commented on the new grant, “Barclays stepped in to help after the BMX track was severely damaged by the floods in 2007, and I’m really pleased they’re continuing to support the facility. The track has been a big benefit to the community, especially for young people, giving them the chance to try BMX, have fun and keep fit. Now riders will be able to receive coaching and compete as well.”

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 Brampton Bierlow Parish 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:

James Jackson, Football Foundation - Barclays Spaces for Sports Support Officer, 0345 345 4555 ext:4262 or james.jackson@footballfoundation.org.uk


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“Barclays stepped in to help after the BMX track was severely damaged by the floods in 2007, and I’m really pleased they’re continuing to support the facility. The track has been a big benefit to the community, especially for young people, giving them the chance to try BMX, have fun and keep fit. Now riders will be able to receive coaching and compete as well.”


John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne

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