Date published: 03/07/2015
Young people at the QEII playing field's multi-use games area (MUGA), in Gloucester, are set to receive a huge boost with the news that Dodington Parish Council, who manage the site, have been awarded a grant of £25,000 by Barclays to renovate the changing room facility there, which are need of repair.
The new funding for QEII playing fields follows previous grants totalling £68,000 from Barclays and the Football Foundation since 2006. These grants were used to pay for the original MUGA, deliver a three-year sports development plan and organise annual sports tournaments.
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.
Cllr Paul Hulbert, Chairman of the Councils Community, Leisure and Environment Committee, said, “The Council and the many users of the multi use games area are indebted to Barclays Spaces for Sports for their continued interest and support of this valuable community resource.”
Cllr Tony Davis, South Gloucestershire Ward Councillor commented on the new grant, “Dodington Parish Council take great pride in their community facilities and the refurbished changing rooms will greatly encourage more people to join in with sport in the Parish.”
Luke Hall, MP for Thornbury and Yate, commented on the new grant, “I’m really pleased to see the Football Foundation and Dodington Parish Council working together to improve the facilities available to our local area. Sport has an amazingly powerful effect on young people, and has great potential to improve teamwork skills and self-confidence. This kind of investment from Barclays is very welcome, and I know my constituents will appreciate it.”
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 Dodington Parish Council 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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