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executives making
a difference to
Barclays Spaces
for Sports sites
Barclays annual volunteering campaign, ‘Make a Difference Day’, saw senior
executives from the London-based bank join forces with representatives from
five of the Capital’s Barclays Spaces for Sports sites at the firm’s Canary
Wharf headquarters.
This year, representatives from the Barclays Spaces for Sports flagship sites
with Arsenal, Charlton, Chelsea and Crystal Palace football clubs, as well as the
Active Communities Network, all took part in the day-long event.The Barclays
employees worked with the sites to discuss the strategic challenges that they
face and are now using the skills they have learned in the financial world to help
the sites develop and deliver their not-for-profit work in a business savvy way.
Pictured with the pledge to volunteer is DavidWheldon, Head of Brand,
Reputation and Citizenship at Barclays.
Lucky youngsters
lead out tennis stars
Cheyenne from Bransbury Park, Portsmouth and Aminah fromWhite Hart
LaneTennis Centre,Tottenham, who regularly attend tennis coaching at their
local Barclays Spaces for Sports sites, were offered the opportunity to be official
player’s mascots at the Barclays ATPWorldTour Finals.
Cheyenne led out Tomas Berdych and Aminah led out world number one,
Novak Djokovic.
Speaking after her star turn, Cheyenne said:
“It was the best day ever. It was
great to go onto court with Berdych and I’m really happy that Barclays have
given me the chance to do it because it was really fun.”
Aminah’s mother, meanwhile, described the effect the day had on her daughter.
“Aminah had a fantastic time, she is over the moon with her new found fame!
I think the opportunity will without doubt, have a lasting impact on her as
a tennis player and inspire her to work hard.”
She also added that they have
already had a photograph from the day framed and it is hanging up in their
living room.
Boris Becker gives
coaching session
to disabled kids
from Charlton
The Upbeats group from the Barclays Spaces for Sports Charlton Athletic FC
Flagship site recently took part in a coaching session on the practice court at
the O2 with Boris Becker and Mark Petchey.
Upbeats, which is a group for participants with Downs Syndrome, were also
given tickets to the afternoon session of the Barclays ATPWorldTour Finals as
part of a wider ticket giveaway to 1,000 participants from Barclays Spaces for
Sports sites across the country.
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