Date published: 04/12/2012
The local community in Brighton is celebrating after receiving a double dose of funding for sports in the city. The investment will mean increased delivery of activity and coach education opportunities at two Barclays Spaces for Sports sites in Hove and Brighton.
The Crew Club Centre in Brighton has secured £8,000 funding, which will enable it to introduce new sports sessions including Street20 Cricket, Ultimate Frisbee, Basketball and Athletics.
The Hove Lagoon Skate Park has received £12,290, which will enable the Skate Development Officer to continue in post and deliver new girls skate sessions.
The new funding follows previous Barclays Sports for Sports grants into both community sport sites in 2007. The Crew Club received a capital grant of £550,000 as well as a recent a sustainability grant worth £15,000 to kick start activity and youth development opportunities.
The programme originally developed Hove Lagoon Skate Park with a grant of £85,000 which built the top class skating facilities and funded a Skate Development Officer to work 12 hours a week to develop sustainable activities at the site.
Darren Snow MBE, Co-founder and Manager of the Crew Club, said: “Barclays Spaces for Sports funding over the last five years has dramatically transformed the sporting facilities and opportunities in the area. This latest round of funding will build on the success of the Crew Clubs sport for development programmes that will provide new and exciting sporting activities for young people and help the club to become more sustainable.”
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 both sites in Brighton 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, we aim to ensure all sites can continue to make a positive impact in the local community.”
The funding that the Crew Club and Hove Lagoon Skate Park have received from BS4S 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.