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Barclays today announced investment of around 4 million yuan (£400,000) to create a communal sports centre in Beijing.

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By establishing a sports facility near one of CMC’s community centres, we will have the opportunity to promote a healthy, active lifestyle among migrant children, while teaching them important life skills through sports, such as teamwork and good sportsmanship
Jonathan Hursh, Executive Director of CMC

The site, developed through a partnership with charity Compassion for Migrant Children (CMC), will provide a migrant community with facilities for a range of sports, reflecting their needs and wishes. 

The partnership will combine CMC’s significant expertise in working with migrant communities and delivering projects that can enhance their quality of life, with Barclays experience of establishing sports projects and sites. CMC provides an invaluable support network to children and families in migrant communities. Such families have migrated to the city – often from rural areas – and who suffer from limited access to good education.
 
“By establishing a sports facility near one of CMC’s community centres, we will have the opportunity to promote a healthy, active lifestyle among migrant children, while teaching them important life skills through sports, such as teamwork and good sportsmanship,” said Jonathan Hursh, Executive Director of CMC. “Additionally, we feel that sports activities will help bring the migrant community together.”
 
Today’s announcement coincides with this week’s Barclays Asia Trophy, a pre-season tournament featuring local Chinese side Beijing Guoan competing alongside Barclays Premier League clubs Hull City, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur. And players praised the funding initiative.
 
“I think it’s great that Barclays Spaces for Sports has invested in this project,” said England and West Ham United Goalkeeper Robert Green. “The local community will have access to a much-needed new sports facility, which will hopefully deliver many social and sporting benefits to youngsters in the area.”

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