15 Community Champions were honoured at a House of Lords Reception yesterday evening (Wednesday 25 November), for their outstanding contributions at Barclays Spaces for Sports facilities in their communities.
Every region of the country was represented by the Community Champions who were selected from the hundreds of people, over half of which are volunteers, that give up their time to run Barclays Spaces for Sports facilities.
The Reception was hosted by talkSPORT presenter Georgie Bingham and saw former footballer and Football Foundation Ambassador Dion Dublin lead a panel discussion on the importance of local, quality sports facilities.
A host of other famous faces from the world of football including former England Manager, Graham Taylor, Southampton’s FA Cup winning boss, Lawrie McMenemy and former Wimbledon FC, Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC defender, John Scales also heaped praise on the Community Champions for their tireless work, which enables local communities to have access to quality sports facilities.
Between them the Community Champions represent individuals responsible for: coaching; grounds maintenance; first aid; catering; governance; office administration; fund raising and mentoring across a range of sports including: football; tennis; cricket; skateboarding; dodgeball; basketball and BMX biking.
Barclays Spaces for Sports is the UK’s largest ever sports-based corporate social responsibility programme. Launched in 2004 it saw international bank Barclays partner with the Football Foundation to develop 204 multi-sports sites in disadvantaged communities right across the country.
The investment into the Barclays Spaces for Sports facilities programme in the UK was £67m. The sites built as a result play host to more than 30 different kinds of sport and are used by over 88,000 people every week with participation, not sporting excellence, the key ethos.
The Foundation’s Grant Managers have worked with every site to produce a Sustainability Plan. This incorporates a business plan to ensure sufficient revenue to run the site, without having to rely on local authority or any other subsidy and also a sports development plan to ensure the facility is used to its maximum. Now, more than 75% of the facilities are long-term financially sustainable.
Paulette Cohen, Director, Global Programmes at Barclays, said: “Support from volunteers within the community has been, and will continue to be, key to the success of all our Barclays Spaces for Sports sites. Thanks to the hard work of the hundreds of other people who help run our facilities, more than 200 sites are providing people of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to build their skills and fulfil their potential."
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of The Football Foundation, said: “More than 88,000 people are now using Barclays Spaces for Sports sites across the UK every week, thanks to investment provided by Barclays and the Football Foundation since 2004. Tonight’s Reception showcased the lasting sports infrastructure legacy that this partnership has created for hundreds of the most deprived communities across the country.
“It is important that sites that have received considerable initial investment over the last 11 years remain financially sustainable throughout their usable life, so they do not require local authority or any other subsidy to maintain them. This is made possible through the work of the Football Foundation’s Grant Managers, who have helped to develop an individually tailored Sustainability Plan for each site. But it is also thanks to the tremendous work of the 15 Community Champions and the hundreds of others like them who are so critical to grassroots sports throughout the country.”
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Notes to Editors
List of Community Champions in full
Name: Maria Calway-Kennedy
Site: Y-Services for Young People multi-use games area at Forton Road, Gosport
Role: Director and Trustee of Y-Services
Name: Andrew McKinnon
Site: Junction 4 Skatepark, Blackburn
Role: Skatepark Manager
Name: Oliver Graham
Site: Hamsterley Trailblazers, County Durham
Role: Vice Chair
Name: Peter Richmond
Site: Colchester Leisure World, Essex
Role: Tennis Development Officer
Name: John Lees
Site: Glodwick Cricket Club, Greater Manchester
Role: Head of Outfield Maintenance
Name: Glynn Moore
Site: Silverdale Cricket Club, Staffordshire
Role: Cricket Development Officer
Name: Stephen Smith
Site: Freethorpe Village Hall, Norfolk
Role: Site Administrator and Village Hall Booking Clerk
Name: Joshua Taylor-Brown
Site: Wymersley Park multi-use games area, Hull
Role: Sports Coach
Name: Karen Quigley
Site: Washington Millennium Centre, Washington
Role: Centre Manager
Name: Hannah Jarman
Site: Crew Club, Brighton
Role: Finance and Development Officer
Name: Clive Knight
Site: Oswestry Team Tennis Club, Shropshire
Role: Tennis Coach
Name: Paula Hill
Site: Cary Park Tennis Club, Devon
Name: Lillian Pearce
Site: Glodwick Cricket Club, Greater Manchester
Role: Catering volunteer
Name: Keith Wilding
Site: Ross-on-Wye Skate Park, Herefordshire
Role: Chair of Trustees
Name: Tony Jones
Site: Llanfechell mult-use games area, Anglesey
Role: Site Developer
Barclays Spaces for Sports
- Our programmes use the positive values of sport to support some of the most marginalised young people around the world gain the confidence and skills they need, so they can take a positive step forward and help improve their chances in life.
- Globally, we’ve launched 21 programmes with partners in 11 countries. Over 80,000 young people have benefited from Spaces for Sports programmes in the UK and internationally. To find out more please visit www.home.barclays./spacesforsports
- Barclays is an international financial services provider engaged in personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management with an extensive presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Barclays’ purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions – in the right way.
- With 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 130,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.
-For further information about Barclays, please visit our website www.home.barclays
- Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, the Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity.
- Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded 14,000 grants worth more than £540m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £777m – making a total of over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game that the Foundation has delivered.
- For further information about the Football Foundation, please visit our website www.footballfoundation.org.uk