Date published: 03/07/2015
Young people at Maurice Lea Memorial Park are set to receive a huge boost with the news that South Derbyshire District Council (SDDC), who own and maintain the park, has been awarded a grant of £950 by Barclays. The grant will contribute towards repainting the lines on the multi-use games area (MUGA).
The new funding for the MUGA follows previous grants totalling £45,000 from Barclays and the Football Foundation since 2006. These grants were used to build the MUGA originally, work with community stakeholders to offer constructive activity at the site, which has reduced levels of anti-social behaviour, and to also run opportunities to gain qualifications such as the Junior Sports Leaders Award.
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.
Hannah Barradell-Smith, Sport and Health Partnership Manager at South Derbyshire District Council, said, “We are delighted to have received this award to help improve the multi-use games area at Maurice Lea Memorial Park. The facility is extremely well used by our local community, and we have an exciting programme of activities planned. The funding will enable us to provide new line markings on the area to enhance peoples experience at the facility.”
Heather Wheeler, MP for South Derbyshire, commented on the new grant, “I am pleased that Barclays are contributing to this community improvement. This joint working with the Football Foundation and SDDC is an excellent example of ways to improve community sports facilities and encouraging local participation in sport by individuals, something we are all keen to see.”
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 South Derbyshire District 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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