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Barclays Spaces for Sports is a community sports programme which has developed
200 community sport sites around the UK in partnership with the Football Foundation.
These spaces give young people the chance to take part in a range of different sports,
including football, rugby, cricket, skateboarding, tennis, netball, basketball and BMX
amongst others. Not only do attendees at the sites take part in these sports – they also
have the opportunity to learn other skills, including how to manage their money and
increase their prospects of employment.
Here are some of the activities that are going on at Barclays Spaces for Sports sites.
Ferdinand backs Brixton
Football project
Weekly sports sessions for young people have started in Brixton, South London,
at the Barclays Spaces for Sports Canterbury Gardens multi-use games area.
With backing from the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and the Laureus Sport for
Good Foundation, the Active Communities Network secured a grant worth
£7,000 from Barclays Spaces for Sports.
The project offers a variety of sessions, many free of charge, with peer
mentoring, training and volunteering opportunities.
Rio Ferdinand, England and Manchester United footballer and Co-founder of
the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, said:
“Providing affordable training sessions
at good facilities, such as the Canterbury Gardens multi-use games area, is
so important in helping young people develop their skills and realise their
ambitions and I hope that together with Barclays Spaces for Sports and the
Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, we are able to help change many lives.”
Money skills at
Charlton Athletic
Barclays employees recently shared their financial experience and expertise
with young apprentices on Charlton Athletics’ CommunityTrust (CACT)
Sports Coaching Programme.This programme covers a wide range of
activities to equip the students with qualifications and key skills including an
FA Level 1 course, NVQ Level 2 in Key Skills, and a Level 2 Employment
Awareness qualification.
At the Barclays Money Skills workshop, the 16 to 19 year old apprentices
received help and professional advice on how to manage their money more
effectively and form solid foundations for the future.
JackWillows, age 19, an apprentice who attended the session, said:
workshops were really interesting and we learnt a lot about loans, credit
cards and how to budget. I am definitely going to plan and budget weekly
and try not to overspend.”
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