Date published: 20/05/2015
Young people at Llanfechell's multi-use games area (MUGA) are set to receive a huge boost with the news that Menter Mechell, a community venture set up to bring residents of the Llanfechell area together, has been awarded a grant of £1,875 by Barclays. The grant will contribute towards improving the existing fencing which surrounds the MUGA.
The new funding for Llanfechell MUGA follows previous grants totalling £45,000 from Barclays and the Football Foundation since 2006. These grants were used to: build the MUGA, enrol volunteers on national governing body qualifications, encourage volunteer involvement and run regular sports sessions 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.
Tony Jones, from Menter Mechell, said, “Thanks to the grant award from Barclays we can now replace the fences surrounding the MUGA and install netting. Both of these will improve community relations and increase usage of the MUGA.”
Albert Owen, MP for Ynys Mon, commented on the new grant, “It is great to see communities such as Llanfechell receiving investment in grass root sport which will bring many benefits to its residents.”
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 Menter Mechell 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.”
Experts at the Football Foundation work closely with each site to identify their needs, and provide practical help such as advice on how to draw up new business and marketing plans and establish new local partnerships.
For further information please contact:
James Jackson, Football Foundation - Barclays Spaces for Sports Support Officer, 0845 345 4555 ext:4262 or email@example.com