Date published: 16/06/2015
Young people at the Steve Bloomer pitches are set to receive a huge boost with the news that Derby City Council who manage the pitch, has been awarded a grant of £7,700 by Barclays. The funding will contribute towards resurfacing the 3G pitch and getting the facility approved so that it can appear on the FA register for affiliated football.
The new funding for the Steve Bloomer pitches follows previous grants totalling £557,739 from Barclays and the Football Foundation since 2007. These grants were used to build the original 3G pitch which became a base for Derby County Foundation in the Community who based their Premier League Kicks Scheme there. Also Derbyshire FA ran a number of NGB qualification courses at the site, which lead to many people gaining coaching qualifications.
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.
Claire Davenport, Director of Leisure and Culture at Derby City Council, said: “We are delighted that Barclays have once again backed improvements at the Steve Bloomer pitches and that we are one step closer to appearing on the FA register. The site is already a great base for community football and together with the support of the Derby Junior Football League, even more young people can enjoy playing more football at this super facility. Football is a really great way for young people to gain the confidence and skills to help improve their health and fulfil their potential.”
Steve Price, Chairman of Derby Junior Football League, added: “I want to congratulate the Council on securing a grant from Barclays Spaces for Sport towards the resurfacing and improvements of the Steve Bloomer pitch. This is a major achievement and a huge milestone in local sport. The upgrading of these facilities will enable six-to-nine-year-olds access to football in a way which will prove to be highly beneficial. It will fill a huge gap socially by providing many local children with a creative means of expression and enjoyment whilst at the same time, offering a healthy pastime. This venture has the full support of the League and we look forward to helping the Council make full use of 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 Derby City 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.”
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, 0345 345 4555 ext:4262 or firstname.lastname@example.org