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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

  • Burnley fan has a ball thanks to BarclaysNine-year-old Harrison Cockshott, from Colne, Lancashire, experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when he lead out his favourite team, Burnley FC against Manchester City FC at Turf Moor recently.
  • Five sports sites in Lancashire get £25,000 cash injectionYoung people at five sports facilities in Lancashire are set to receive a huge boost with the news that Newground, an organisation who deliver environmental and community programmes that regenerate local areas and improve the lives of local people, have been awarded a grant of £25,000 by Barclays. The money will contribute towards delivering sports sessions at each of the Stacksteads, Edgeside, Hawthorn and Whiteworth multi-use games areas (MUGAs) as well as Marsden tennis courts. Collectively, the sessions
  • Dream day for young Foxes fanTen-year-old Rio White, from Leicester, experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when he lead out his favourite team, Leicester City FC, against Hull City FC at the King Power Stadium recently.
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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