Barclays Spaces for Sport

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger unveiled a Barclays Spaces for Sports site in Islington

The Barclays Spaces for Sports scheme is a partnership between Barclays, Groundwork and the Football Foundation that aims to bring sustainable sports sites and projects to disadvantaged communities.

Since it began in 2004, Barclays has committed more than £37m to the programme, while a further £30m has been raised by the Football Foundation.

As a result, 26 flagship sites in partnership with professional football clubs have been delivered and a number of local sites have also been created, the sites offering a range of sports including basketball, netball and tennis as well as skateboard and BMX tracks.

Barclays Spaces for Sports became a global programme in 2008 when it was extended to include more countries where Barclays operates. Sports sites and projects have already been established in South Africa, the United States, Spain and Zambia, further sites are under development in China and Hong Kong and more sites and projects will be announced in other countries.

Barclays are also working with the Football Foundation to ensure that the 200 UK-based sites become self-supporting with a sustainable future.

Key Points

  • Scheme brings sport to disadvantaged communities
  • Barclays has committed more than £37m to scheme
  • Scheme expanding beyond the United Kingdom

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