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Gurnos' footballers get £25,000 boost

Gurnos' footballers get £25,000 boost

Date published: 09/06/2015
Gurnos MUGA in Merthyr Tydfil has received a £25,000 grant from Barclays
Gurnos MUGA in Merthyr Tydfil has received a £25,000 grant from Barclays

Young people at Gurnos muli-use games area (MUGA) are set to receive a huge boost with the news that Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust, who manage the facility and run a number of other sports facilities around Merthyr Tydfil, has been awarded a grant of £25,000 by Barclays. The grant will contribute towards supplying new fencing and multi-use goals for the facility, which will improve safety at the site as well as increasing the number of people who take in sport at the pitch.

The new funding for the Gurnos MUGA follows previous grants totalling £63,366 from Barclays and the Football Foundation since 2005. These grants were used to build the original MUGA and then subsequently refurbish it with a 3G surface, which resulted in over 200 participants using the pitch each week.

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.

Bill Smith, Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust Trustee and Merthyr Tydfil Councillor, said, “This generous award will allow us to build on the success of an excellent and well-used sports facility in the local community.”

Gerald Jones, MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, commented on the new grant, “Having spent many years working in community development, I recognise the contribution that grant funding provides to support and sustain community organisations. In addition, participation in sport helps to grow confidence in young people and strengthens our communities. I congratulate all involved with the success of this project.”

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 Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust 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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“Having spent many years working in community development, I recognise the contribution that grant funding provides to support and sustain community organisations. In addition, participation in sport helps to grow confidence in young people and strengthens our communities. I congratulate all involved with the success of this project.”

Gerald Jones, MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney

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