Date published: 18/09/2015
The Football Foundation’s partnership with Barclays Spaces for Sport has received two awards at the 2015 Corporate Engagement Awards last night (Wednesday 16 September). The Foundation and Barclays received Gold in the Best Community Involvement During a CSR Programme and Best Sports and Leisure programme.
For over a decade, Barclays has partnered the Football Foundation to build and renovate sports facilities in the most deprived areas of the UK. Barclays Spaces for Sports has seen over 200 multi-sport sites developed with £70m invested into the grassroots.
The partnership is now focused on safeguarding the sustainability of these projects; ensuring communities have access to these facilities for many years.
The programme has had a powerful social impact, accessing some of the hardest to reach, poorest communities in the UK. Relationships between facilities and local councils, youth groups and professional sports teams, generated over £900,000 since 2013. Barclays also provided training for facility managers and encouraged their own staff to volunteer at sites.
Barclays and the Football Foundation were nominated in these categories along with organisations such as the John Lewis Partnership, Tesco and EDF Energy.
David McDermott, Chief Operating Officer of the Football Foundation, who was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the Foundation, said: ‘‘We are delighted to receive this award in recognition of our partnership with Barclays in delivering Barclays Spaces for Sports.
‘‘Barclays Spaces for Sports has been a huge success over the past decade, with over 200 sustainable multi-sports sites being built across the UK. The Football Foundation’s innovative, unique and world-leading systems of delivering community sports infrastructure has been at the core of this success.’’