Date published: 20/12/2012
The local community in Durham is set to receive a huge boost following the news that Durham County Council has secured a grant worth £35,952 from Barclays Spaces for Sports to deliver free sports sessions and develop coach education opportunities at four sites across the county.
The funding covers the cost of sports coaches, knows as ‘Sports Activators’ and will allow free tasters, festivals and subsidised weekly sports sessions at the four sites, Trimdon Multi-Use Games Area, Chilton Tennis Courts, Hackworth Tennis Courts and Middlestone Moor Multi-Use Games Area. As part of the project the grant will be offering support to the Volunteer Durham scheme, which offers 50% subsidy for coaching qualifications and encourages volunteers to put something back into their local community by helping out with sessions.
The new funding into Durham County Council brings the total amount of Barclays Spaces for Sports funding between the four sites to over £290,000 since 2006.
Deborah Holmes, Sport & Physical Activity Development Manager at Durham County Council, said: “The Barclays Spaces for Sports funding over the last five years has developed new and accessible sporting facilities and opportunities in the area. This additional funding will provide new and exciting sporting activities for local people and help the sites 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 Durham County Council has 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 Durham County Council 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.
The programme 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.