Date published: 03/07/2015
Young people at Peter Paine Sports Centre are set to receive a huge boost with the news that Boston College, who run the centre as part of the college's sports provision, has been awarded a grant of £12,524 by Barclays. The money will contribute towards refurbishing the floodlighting at the multi-use games area (MUGA) including installing new basketball hoops and improving the MUGA's accessibility for disabled users.
The new funding for the Peter Paine Sports Centre MUGA follows previous grants totalling £96,960 from Barclays and the Football Foundation since 2007. These grants were used to build the MUGA originally, as well as funding to deliver football sessions, events and tournaments at the site.
Barclays Spaces for Sports is a community sports programme which uses the power of sport to help young people develop the confidence and skills they need, and revitalise disadvantaged communities. As part of this scheme, Barclays partnered with the Football Foundation to deliver the award-winning £67m facilities investment programme which has developed 200 community facilities across the UK, that cater for a wide range of sports.
James Wright, Manager of the Peter Paine Performance Centre, said, “We are delighted to be beneficiaries of another grant from Barclays Spaces for Sports which will enable us to ensure easy access for everyone to our site. The improvement to the floodlighting is especially welcome as since the re-surfacing we have seen use increase significantly with people wanting to continue to play into the evenings. In particular, we have been able to increase participation by women and girls through our Netball Nights. These improvements would not have been possible without this funding and we are very grateful for the continued support.”
Matt Warman, MP for Boston and Skegness, commented on the new grant, “I am really pleased that Barclays have awarded this substantial grant to Boston College and the Peter Paine Sports Centre. Sport is really important for bringing people together and the grant will give a vital boost to our local community, especially for the less mobile and those with disabilities.”
Paulette Cohen, Head of Global Programmes, Barclays, said, “We are committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of all Barclays Spaces for Sports sites and the additional funding that Boston College has received is a strong example of this. This is one of over 200 UK sites where we work with our partner, the Football Foundation, offering financial and non-financial assistance so they can continue to have a positive impact in the local community.”
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