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Rejuvenated community sports facility set for Gosport

Rejuvenated community sports facility set for Gosport

Date published: 20/05/2015
Barclays are funding a new community facility at Forton Recreation Ground

Young people at Forton Recreation Ground, Gosport, are set to receive a huge boost with the news that 'Y Services for Young People', a charity that provides youth work including running clubs and special group projects, has been awarded a grant of £24,740 by Barclays. The grant will contribute towards renovating a disused public convenience into a facility to provide a safe environment for young people to gain new skills, increase social interaction with their peers, promote healthy lifestyles and raise their life aspirations.

The new funding for Forton Recreation Ground follows previous grants totalling £114,817 from Barclays and the Football Foundation since 2006. These grants were used to build a floodlit multi-use games area (MUGA), running formal sports sessions at the recreation ground and encouraging volunteers to be involved with the project.

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.

Andy Kennedy, Chair of Trustees at Y Services for Young People, said, “Y Services are excited at the opportunity that this grant will give. It will enable us to develop our sports delivery to young people in Gosport and create links for increasing community use of the MUGA facility. Young people will be involved in the initiative in a variety of ways, therefore supporting them to develop life skills.”

Caroline Dinenage, MP for Gosport commented on the new grant, “It’s fantastic to hear that facilities at Forton Recreation Ground are set to be improved thanks to this grant from Barclays. Providing excellent sporting and recreation facilities for young people is really important and I know that Y Services for Young People already do a great job in the Gosport area. I am looking forward to seeing the new facilities in due course.”

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 Y Services for Young People 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, 0845 345 4555 ext:4262 or james.jackson@footballfoundation.org.uk


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“Y Services are excited at the opportunity that this grant will give. It will enable us to develop our sports delivery to young people in Gosport and create links for increasing community use of the MUGA facility. Young people will be involved in the initiative in a variety of ways, therefore supporting them to develop life skills.”

Andy Kennedy, Chair of Trustees at Y Services for Young People

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