The local sporting community in Hull is set to receive a huge boost following the news that Hull City Council has secured a grant worth £22,642 from Barclays Spaces for Sports.
The grant has funded the installation of floodlights and consequently will provide extended hours of usage at Wymersley Park multi-use games area – one of Barclays Spaces for Sports’ 200 community sports sites around the UK.
The floodlights will be welcomed by local sports clubs, who previously struggled to train in the winter months. StreetChance, an inner city cricket initiative which Barclays Spaces for Sports supports, will use the new floodlights to provide regular after school coaching sessions to young cricket fans.
The new funding follows a previous grant from the programme in 2006 of over £55,000, which funded the development of the Wymersley Park multi-use games area. A grant worth £20,000 was also given to Hull City Council to successfully deliver a programme of activities on the site.
Alastair Wood, Senior Sports Development Officer at Hull City Council, said: “The floodlights will make a considerable difference and allow us to maximise usage over the winter months. The multi-use games area is in the only park in the ward and so a very valuable asset which attracts a diverse user group. “
“The funding, along with a grant from the Community Initiative Fund, will also aid the running costs of the floodlights which will allow us to offer reduced rates for clubs and individuals. The local residents supported us in our application for floodlights and we are grateful to Barclays Spaces for Sports for giving us this opportunity to deliver more sport within the community.”
A Barclays Spokesman said: “We are committed to the long-term sustainability of all our Barclays Spaces for Sports sites and the additional funding that Hull City Council has received is an example of this. We’ve been working closely with the Football Foundation throughout the programme and by offering financial and non-financial assistance, we aim to ensure all sites can continue to make a positive impact in the local community.”
Councillor Kirk (Derringham Ward): “The instillation of the floodlights is the culmination of a lot of hard work by many people. The request for the floodlights came from our consultations with the young people who use the park. I would like to thank the Wymersley Park Action group for getting the grant to build the multi-use games area and members of the Sports Development and the West Area Team for continuing the good work in securing the funding for the floodlights from Barclays Spaces for Sports.”
The funding that Hull City Council is receiving from Barclays Spaces for Sports is part of a UK-wide Sustainability Strategy launched in 2011. The Sustainability Strategy demonstrates Barclays commitment to ensuring all of the 200 community sports sites it has built in partnership with the Football Foundation, have a long-term future and remain manageable for local volunteers and organisations to run.
Barclays Spaces for Sports uses sport to revitalise disadvantaged communities and tackle key social issues by helping young people develop a range of life and employment skills. It is part of Barclays community investment programme and wider Citizenship agenda.