Date published: 16/06/2015
Hundreds of Torbay youngsters lined up to have their photo taken with the Premier League Trophy at the weekend, courtesy of Barclays Bank and Cary Park Tennis Club in Babbacombe. Cary Park Tennis Club recently received a grant of £19,000 towards the re-surfacing of the tennis courts as part of the Barclays Spaces for Sport programme.
To celebrate the funding, and mark the opening of the courts, the Football Foundation brought both the Barclays Premier League trophy and the Barclays ATP World Tennis Finals trophy along to Cary Park.
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.
Cary Park Tennis Club chairman, Pat Ward, said: "It was a fantastic day for everyone. Not only were Barclays incredibly generous with their grant, but to offer to bring along two of the world’s most iconic trophies was brilliant".
Councillor Robert Excell, who is on the Torbay Sports Council, said: "Although Cary Park is a relatively small club run mostly by volunteers, they have some wonderful facilities. Not only did people have their photos taken with the trophies, but many took the opportunity to tour the club’s six brand new courts and their 18-hole putting green. Barclays have been very generous in support of Cary Park and their hard-working committee."
Chairman of Torbay Council, Ray Hill, also praised the work done by Cary Park’s volunteer committee:"Any club is only as good as the work done by its members. Grants like the one from Barclays don’t just magically appear. They are the result of months, sometimes years of hard work behind the scenes. I think those involved in this wonderful day today should be justifiably proud of themselves."
Paulette Cohen, Barclays Head of Global Programmes, said: “Barclays was delighted to be able to provide this unique opportunity for everyone involved with Cary Park Tennis Club to see the Barclays Premier League and ATP World Tour Finals trophy. This is a great way for Barclays Spaces for Sports to reward just some of the 53,000 people who use our 200 sites across the country.”
For further information please contact:
James Jackson, Football Foundation - Barclays Spaces for Sports Support Officer, 0345 345 4555 ext:4262 or email@example.com