Date published: 22/12/2012
BMX and skateboard riders in Sheffield are set to receive a huge boost following the news that Greenhill BMX and Skate Park, Lowedges, has secured a grant worth £14,371 from Barclays Spaces for Sports to deliver BMX activities to attract new members and volunteers.
The funding will go towards delivering various activities at the site including a Saturday Club which teaches beginners how to ride a BMX. A link will also be established with another Barclays Spaces for Sports location – Meersbrook Park – for two more events. Finally, as part of the grant, Barclays Money Skills sessions will continue to support the work Heeley Development Trust does with NEETs (not in education employment or training) to leave a legacy of improved numeracy and life skills.
The new funding for Greenhill BMX and Skate Park brings the total Barclays Spaces for Sports funding into the site to over £96,000 since 2006.
Ed Astill from ReCycle Bikes and Heeley Development Trust, said: “Barclays Spaces for Sports funding over the last five years has dramatically transformed the sporting facilities and opportunities in the area. This additional funding will build on the success of the BMX programme and will provide new and exciting sporting activities for local people and help the site to become more sustainable.”
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 Greenhill BMX and Skate park 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 to sites, we aim to ensure all sites can continue to make a positive impact in the local community.”
The sustainability funding that Greenhill BMX and Skate Park 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 that 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.
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