Date published: 18/03/2013
Mountain bikers in Durham are set to receive a huge boost following the news that the Hamsterley Trailblazers, a community cycling group from Hamsterley Forest, Bishop Auckland, have secured a grant worth £10,000 from Barclays Spaces for Sports in order to fund new coaching qualifications for volunteers.
The grant will also go towards new tools, mechanical support and specialist materials for new bike trails to enhance the biking facilities at the Hamsterley Forest site. Additionally, the Hamsterley Trailblazers, will also deliver a range of inclusive community cycle sessions.
The new funding into Hamsterley Forest follows an original Barclays Spaces for Sports capital grant in 2006 worth £25,000 to develop the site, as well as a development grant worth £20,000 in the same year.
Oliver Graham, Vice Chairman of the Hamsterley Trailblazers, said, “We are delighted that Barclays Spaces for Sports have once again chosen to invest in the Hamsterley Trailblazers. The funding will not only be used to create more mountain bike trails at Hamsterley Forest but will also help to build community cohesion by increasing volunteering and participation in physical activity, and investing in more training and sessions at the site.”
Helen Goodman, MP for Bishop Auckland, said:“The Mountain Bike Trails at Hamsterley Forest is a valuable asset to the community here in Bishop Auckland. This new investment by Barclays Spaces for Sports is great news as it will support the fantastic work of the site's staff and it will also help to engage more volunteers.”
A Barclays spokesman said: “We are committed to the long-term sustainability of all our Barclays Spaces for Sports sites and the additional funding that the Hamsterley Trailblazers have received is an example of this. We’ve been working closely with the Football Foundation throughout the programme and by offering financial and non-financial assistance to sites, we aim to ensure all sites can continue to make a positive impact in the local community.”
The sustainability funding that the Hamsterley Mountain Bike Trail is receiving from Barclays Spaces for Sports is part of a UK-wide Sustainability Strategy launched in 2011. The Sustainability Strategy demonstrates Barclays’ commitment to ensuring all of the 200 community sports sites that it has built with partners the Football Foundation, have a long-term future and remain manageable for local volunteers and organisations to run.
The partnership, which recently won Sponsorship / Partnership of the Year at the 2012 Football Business awards, between Barclays and the Football Foundation sees one of the largest corporate banks in the world joining forces with the nation’s largest sports charity to help provide opportunities for communities to engage, learn and develop through sport.
Barclays Spaces for Sports uses sport to revitalise disadvantaged communities and tackle key social issues by helping young people develop a range of life and employment skills. It is part of Barclays community investment programme and wider Citizenship agenda.