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Industry event
south London
sports site
July saw the 2012 Beyond Sport Summit in London, where Barclays Spaces
for Sports and the Football Foundation joined other leading industry experts
from sport, social development, business and politics. Attendees included
former British Prime Minister The Rt HonTony Blair and Olympic legend
Michael Johnson.
Participants shared best practice and expertise on developing impactful
programmes that can bring about positive social change worldwide. During
workshops at the event the Activity and Sustainability Advisors (ASAs),
who look at how the Barclays Spaces for Sports sites can be improved and
become self sufficient, hosted discussions about how sports-based community
programmes can run themselves once the initial investment from companies,
charities or Government has been spent. As well as facilitating a debate about
the best ways to do this and sharing their expertise, the ASAs accompanied
delegates to one of the Barclays Spaces for Sports sites in South London.
The Barclays Spaces for Sports site at Lilian Baylis is a showcase in self-sufficiency
and has successfully leveraged funding from a number of organisations including
Nike and City Hall, and has used this to set up partnerships throughout the
community. It is now a true community hub and caters for all ages with a range
of activities on offer, including sports, health, arts and culture.
One of the highlights of the Summit was the presentation of the Generation
Ali Award. Boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, and former England football
captain, David Beckham, presented the accolade to 19-year-old Matiullah
Haidar (pictured top right). Despite losing most of his family in the conflict
in Afghanistan and coming to the UK as a refugee, Matiullah now actively
contributes to his local community by coaching sport as part of the Refugee
Cricket Project run by another Barclays Spaces for Sports partner, Cricket
for Change.
An impressive line up of speakers saw Muhammad Ali’s wife, Lonnie Ali, join
former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair,World Cup winning South African Captain,
Francois Pienaar, and Chief Executive of the Premier League, Richard Scudamore,
to discuss sport’s place in a changing world (pictured bottom right).
Ongoing success
in the North East
The Middlesbrough FC flagship site, Acklam Green Centre, with its third
generation playing surface and multi-use games area, is a focal point for
sport in an area that suffers from anti-social behaviour and high
unemployment rates.
The site hosts local football clubs, schools and various community
activities. North Riding Football Association also runs referee and coaching
courses which have helped improve many local young people’s
employment prospects.
Middlesbrough Football Club in the Community has recently secured a grant
of over £23,000 from Barclays Spaces for Sports.This will enable a coach and
volunteer education programme, including Barclays Money Skills sessions, to
be delivered at the multi-use games areas inThorntree and North Ormesby.
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