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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

  • Swansea Mascot 1 Young Swans fan rewarded with mascot chanceTen-year-old Poppy Brown, from Llanelii, experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when she lead out her favourite team, Swansea City FC, against Chelsea FC at the Liberty Stadium recently.
  • Palace Mascot 1 Young Eagles fan soaring after Palace treatSeven-year-old Bobby Wallace, from Sidcup, experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when he lead out his favourite team, Crystal Palace, against Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park recently.
  • Man City Mascot 1 Sky Blue youngster rewarded for hard workSeven-year-old Stanley Doherty, from Bolton, experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when he lead out his favourite team, Manchester City, against Arsenal at the Etihad 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