The local community in Middlesbrough is set to receive a huge boost following the news that Middlesbrough Football Club in the Community has secured a grant worth £23,052 from Barclays Spaces for Sports, to deliver more sessions at two multi-use games areas in the city.
As a result, Middlesbrough in the Community can continue to deliver twice weekly at the Barclays Spaces for Sports multi-use games areas in Thorntree and North Ormesby. The funding also allows a new coach and volunteer education programme to begin which will offer coaching qualifications and Barclays Money Skills financial literacy sessions, for those young people engaged in the programme.
In 2004, Barclays Spaces for Sports developed the North Ormesby multi-use games area with a grant of £25,000. In 2005, a grant of £58,660 enabled a multi-use games area to be built in the deprived Thorntree area. Development grants totalling over £30,000 were given to Middlesbrough in the Community to deliver sporting and educational sessions at both sites.
Helena Pinder, Community Manager at Middlesbrough Football Club in the Community, said: “It is great that Barclays are continuing to fund these sites as they are in deprived areas of Middlesbrough and the young people in these areas have a real passion for football. Through the project they will get to play football and other sports regularly and have the chance to play other local teams from Teesside in competitive matches and have the opportunity to come to matches at the Middlesbrough stadium. These are opportunities which they may not get to take part in without the help of Barclays Spaces for Sports.”
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 Middlesbrough Football Club in the Community have 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.”
The funding that Middlesbrough in the Community is receiving from Barclays Spaces for Sports is part of a UK-wide Sustainability Strategy implemented in 2011. The Sustainability Strategy demonstrates Barclays commitment to ensuring all of the 200 community sports sites it has built with partners the Football Foundation, have a long-term future and remain manageable for local volunteers and organisations to run.
The partnership, which recently won Sponsorship / Partnership of the Year at the 2012 Football Business awards, 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.
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.