Date published: 03/07/2015
Young people at Doric Park multi-use games area (MUGA) are set to receive a huge boost with the news that Liverpool City Council, who own and maintain the MUGA, has been awarded a grant of £11,010 by Barclays. The grant will contribute towards repairing and repainting the MUGA, replacing the basketball hoops and remarking the court. The funding will also help to run co-ordinated multi-sport sessions in school holidays and train volunteers.
The new funding for the MUGA follows previous grants totalling £43,000 from Barclays and the Football Foundation since 2006. These grants were used to originally build the multi-use games area and to delivery regular sports activity at the site.
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.
Peter Brennan, Liverpool City Council Councillor, said, “This grant will make a hugely positive impact on our young people. Not only will it provide much needed activities during school holidays, which were in jeopardy as a result of government funding cuts, it will also provide much needed sustainability, as the volunteer programme will be delivered in the park.”
Luciana Berger, MP for Liverpool, Wavertree, commented on the new grant, “This is fantastic news for Doric Park and all the young people who use the MUGA. I am delighted that Barclays and the Football Foundation continue to improve the facilities and ensure they can be enjoyed by all. I would encourage all young people, especially those who may not have visited before, to make the most of the park and the sessions that are on offer over the summer holidays.”
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 Liverpool City Council 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.”
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