Skateboarding in Brighton and Hove is set to receive a huge boost following the news that Brighton and Hove City Council has secured a grant worth £12,290 from Barclays Spaces for Sports (BS4S) to deliver further activity at the increasingly popular Hove Lagoon Skate Park.
The additional funding ensures the Skate Development Officer can continue to stay in post and deliver activities as well as introduce girls skate sessions – helping to maintain the park’s status as the best in Brighton and Hove.
Volunteer training programmes will be now be offered as a result of the grant and ten trained coaches will be supported in delivering a range of wheeled sports to attract wider users to the skate park and increase the sustainability of the sessions delivered at the park.
The sustainability funding Brighton and Hove City Council are receiving is part of a UK-wide sustainability plan implemented by BS4S and the Football Foundation in 2011, demonstrating Barclays commitment to ensuring all of its 200 community sports sites across the UK have a long-term future and remain manageable for local volunteers and organisations to run.
BS4S uses sport to revitalise disadvantaged communities and tackle key social issues by helping young people develop a range of life skills. It is part of Barclays community investment programme and wider Citizenship agenda. Since 2004 BS4S has built 200 community sports sites in the UK, in partnership with the Football Foundation, and now funds 13 sport for development programmes around the world.
The new funding for Brighton and Hove City Council follows a BS4S capital grant of £65,000 in 2007 and a development grant worth £20,000 in 2008, which funded a Skate Development Officer to work 12 hours a week to develop sustainable activities at the site.
The highly successful skate park was assigned an Activity and Sustainability Advisor (ASA) by Barclays and the Football Foundation to establish the full effects of cuts at the local authority and the impact it may have on Hove Lagoon. The ASA’s offer one on one support and expertise to the sites to help them plan for the future.
Ryan Edwards, Sport Development Manager at Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “The Sports Development team are extremely grateful for the recent grant from Barclays Spaces for Sports. The grant will help increase participation amongst a wider range of young people at Hove Lagoon Skate Park.
“The Hove Lagoon Skate Park is a popular facility and the funding will enable a great programme of development activities and events to engage volunteers, and new skate park users.”
The partnership between Barclays and the Football Foundation sees one of the largest corporate banks in the world joining forces with the nation’s largest sports charity to help provide opportunities for communities to engage, learn and develop through sport.