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The Barclays Spaces for Sports site at Bransbury Park, Portsmouth, was set up
in 2007 following investment from Barclays and the Foundation worth £600,000.
The site boasts netball and tennis courts, grass football pitches, basketball courts,
a multi-use games area and a large skateboarding ramp.
The site is extremely popular and Pompey Sports and Education Foundation
(the charitable arm of Portsmouth FC) use it to deliver their Respect
Programme.This is a sports programme focused on 10-19 year olds which
aims to increase participation in physical activity, education and learning, and
improve health.
In 2011, the tough economic climate forced cuts to the Sports Development
Unit within the local council leaving the site with an uncertain future. Barclays
Spaces for Sports stepped in, assigning an ASA before awarding further financial
investment of £24,000.This funded a Community Sports Coordinator with
responsibility for increasing participation at the site.The Coordinator has
successfully set up partnerships with sports charity Cricket 4 Change, which
now deliver popular cricket sessions on site, and the LawnTennis Association
who plan to use Bransbury Park as the main disability tennis hub for Portsmouth.
With guidance from the ASA, new developments have also included introducing
netball to the site and leveraging funding from Hampshire FA to allow a girls-
only disability football project to run.
TheTipkinder Park BMX track in Crewe has recently been renamed after
BMXWorld Champion, Shanaze Reade.
Shanaze started riding at the track at the age of ten and has since gone
on to win the UCI BMXWorld Championships three times, been a world
junior champion twice and is a firm favourite to win a medal at the London
2012 Olympics.
Shanaze told the Foundation:
“I am extremely proud to have the BMX
track I grew up with named after me.The facility played a huge role
in my initial development and the track is vital to the local community,
especially as it is the only BMX track in the borough.”
This Barclays Spaces for Sports site was set up in 2006 in an area with few
facilities for young people.
Barclays provided a £50,000 capital grant that went towards the construction
and development of the BMX track. A further revenue grant of £20,000 went
towards the Cheshire Ghost Riders BMX Club who are based at the track.
The Foundation’s ASAs are currently helping the site to become self-sufficient,
with senior riders taking responsibility for operations, marketing and finance, as
well as BMX coaching.
Barclays Spaces for Sports held a second
sustainability workshop for community sports sites
with over 20 organisations across the Midlands
attending the event at AstonVilla FC.
Representatives from a range of sites took part in
an interactive session led by ASAs focusing on the
sustainability of community sports sites.
Themes discussed included how to generate income
and retain volunteers as well as the importance of
partnerships and maintaining up-to-date business
plans.A Barclays Regional Community Business
Partner was also present to showcase the
Barclays volunteering opportunities and Money
Skills programme.
After the event, one of the participants, Jim Rowley,
Secretary of Silverdale Cricket Club said:
“I will
take away a great deal from today’s workshop
– it was a very enjoyable and comprehensive
learning experience which was very well
planned and delivered.”
| The Football Foundation Magazine | Issue 29