Among The Charity Awards shortlist announced today is the partnership between the Football Foundation and Barclays Spaces for Sports. Charity Awards is the sector’s most prestigious excellence recognition scheme and the 2012 winners will be announced on 14 June.
The partnership between the Football Foundation and Barclays has been shortlisted from hundreds of entries in the Grantmaking and funding category alongside just two other charities. The judges were impressed with the Sustainability Programme, launched by the Football Foundation and Barclays Spaces for Sports in 2011, which has been successfully working with many existing Barclays Spaces for Sports community sites to help secure their long term future and keep them active in local communities.
Barclays Spaces for Sports is a global community sports programme which uses the positive power of sport to revitalise disadvantaged communities as well as to tackle key social issues. Launched in 2004 in partnership with the Football Foundation, Barclays Spaces for Sports has delivered 200 physical sports sites with an estimated 53,000 users per week in the UK.
Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the government, the Football Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.
As part of the Sustainability Programme, six regional Activity and Sustainability Advisors are employed across the UK providing dedicated one on one support and expertise to the sites. In addition Barclays has created he Sustainability Fund provides grants to existing Barclays Spaces for Sports sites to help them secure their long-term future whether this be refurbishing facilities or providing the money for a development officer to work on the site to help increase participation and to facilitate partnership and income generating opportunities.
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “It is tremendous news that the Football Foundation’s Sustainability Programme with Barclays Spaces for Sports has been shortlisted for a Charity Award. The Sustainability Programme demonstrates the commitment of Barclays and the Football Foundation to each and every site that has previously received funding from Barclays Spaces for Sports. To have this commitment recognised by the judging panel is something we take great pride in.”
The Football Foundation is hoping to pick up the coveted award at a glittering ceremony in London on 14 June. If it wins the category it will also be in the running to pick up the Overall Award for Excellence, which is selected from the 10 category winners.
The Charity Awards is the highest profile event in the charity calendar. All 32 shortlisted charities this year have been judged by an independent panel of sector leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice from which other organisations can learn.
Daniel Phelan, organiser of The Charity Awards comments:
“For 13 years The Charity Awards programme has celebrated the exceptional work that takes place within the voluntary sector and the dramatic effects that charities have on a wide spectrum of social needs.
The rigorous judging process means that only the very best walk away with prizes, bestowing on them one of the highest accolades in the sector. In being shortlisted the Football Foundation has already demonstrated that it is amongst the best managed charities in the UK.
I wish them and all shortlisted charities the best of luck on the night.”
John Low, chief executive of Charities Aid Foundation, which sponsors The Charity Awards, comments:
“I would like to congratulate and commend all the shortlisted charities this year, as well as everyone who took the time to submit an application. Once again the calibre of entries was very impressive – at a time when the sector, indeed the country, is under such financial pressure, The Charity Awards gives us all the opportunity to step back, reflect and be inspired.”