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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

  • Northampton Town FC defender, Zander Diamond poses with a young particpant and the Barclays Premier League Trophy. Cobblers star marks visit of Barclays Premier League trophyNorthampton Town FC defender Zander Diamond was at Oakley Vale, Northampton, recently to help mark the visit of the Barclays Premier League trophy. The day gave kids and adults alike the chance to get pictures with the 25kg masterpiece at the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) which is one of 200 Barclays Spaces for Sports sites across the UK.
  • The Creation Trust have been awarded a grant of £17,271 by Barclays. Aylesbury Estate set for free sports sessionsResidents of the Aylesbury Estate, London, are set to receive a huge boost with the news that the Creation Trust, a local community development organisation who are dedicated to making sure that residents living on Aylesbury Estate receive the benefits of the regeneration of the area, has been awarded a grant of £17,271 by Barclays Spaces for Sports. The grant will contribute towards the salary of a part-time Sports Development Co-ordinator who will organise sport sessions and raise participation through sk
  • Katie, (right, blue shirt and shorts) stands in the centre circle with match officials and team captains. Dream day for young Liverpool fanEleven-year-old Katie McTigue, from Liverpool, experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when she lead out her favourite team, Liverpool, against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield 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