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Barclays Spaces for Sports


Barclays Spaces for Sports is a global, community-based programme, which uses sport as a platform to help young people get back into work, education or find training, while also revitalising disadvantaged communities in a sustainable way.

In the UK, 200 community sports sites have been created in partnership with the Football Foundation since the programme started in 2004, supporting more than 40 different sports. The objective is for these sites to continue to serve their communities over the foreseeable.

Globally, Barclays Spaces for Sports has established programmes in China, Hong Kong, India, South Africa, Spain, the USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe and will be launching a number of new, innovative partnerships around the world in conjunction with leading sport-for-development organisations.

Barclays Spaces for Sports news

  • Ross On Wye Herefordshire skate park receives welcome funding boostLocal skaters at Ross-on-Wye skate park have received a huge boost with the news that the Basement Youth Trust, a charity providing positive activities for young people in Ross-on-Wye, has received a grant of £6,329 by Barclays to fund a new covered seating area and generator at the Barclays Spaces for Sports facility.
  • Peter Densham 1 Pilgrim Pitch benefiting from £18,830 Barclays grantAn £18,830 grant from Barclays has created new sporting opportunities at Cornwall's Pilgrim Pitch, after Groundwork Devon and Cornwall were awarded the money to use towards the Barclays Spaces for Sports site.
  • Barclays and the Football Foundation nominated at Football Business Awards New grant for Forton Road sports facilityNew activity sessions have begun at Forton Road Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) thanks to a grant of £24,827 from Barclays to Y Services for Young People - a youth charity in Hampshire designed to support communities and organisations to develop high quality youth work projects - to use towards sporting programmes at the Barclays Spaces for Sports site.
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Mayor of London: Facilities Fund

Mayor of London

The Mayor of London: Sports Facilities Fund, is part of the Mayor's commitment to deliver a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The overall aim of the Mayor of London: Sports Facilities Fund is to raise participation levels for sports in London through the funding of sports facilities. The fund helps to provide affordable, good quality local facilities within local communities. The Football Foundation is delighted to have managed the first four windows of this fund and we are now open for window five.

Rounds One to Four saw 77 projects with all 32 London Boroughs plus the City receiving funding worth over £5 million. This investment has been matched by partnership funding in excess of £34 million, representing a match funding ratio of 1:6.

At least 18 different sports are being played at previously funded sites and the fund has also funded less traditional sporting facilities such as outdoor gyms, climbing walls and gymnasiums.

Mayor of London: Sports Facilities Fund news

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Mayor of London: Sports Facilities Fund openings