Date published: 04/12/2012
Local communities in Bath and North East Somerset are set to receive a huge boost following the news that Barclays is backing more sporting activity to be delivered in the area.
Bath and North East Somerset Council have secured a grant worth £12,500 from Barclays Spaces for Sports to help fund a new Youth Sports Development Officer who will deliver sporting sessions at the Southside, Riverside and Peasedown Youth Hubs. At the Youth Hubs the Council’s Youth Service develops and delivers positive activities with young people ages 13 – 19.
The Youth Sports Development Officer in partnership with the Council’s Youth Service, will help co-ordinate and deliver weekly sports coaching sessions, develop coach education and volunteering opportunities for young people. It will also set up an effective steering group to enhance community awareness of all three facilities.
As part of the funding package, local young people will have access to financial education programmes with Barclays Money Skills sessions.
The new funding into Bath follows an original Barclays Spaces for Sports grant in 2005 worth £70,000. This grant funded the refurbishment of four existing multi-use games areas and allowed Bath and North East Somerset Council to successfully develop opportunities for women and girls’ football at the sites, amongst other things. It is hoped the new funding will encourage young people to take ownership of the activities and contribute to their running.
Councillor Nathan Hartley, the Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Early Years, Children and Youth, said: “We’re delighted to secure this funding which will help Bath & North East Somerset Council to extend the opportunities it offers to young people who want to develop their skills and use them to improve their community.”
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 Bath & North East Somerset Council have received is an example of this. We’ve been working closely with the Football Foundation 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 sustainability funding that Bath and North East Somerset Council are 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.
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.