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A global Barclays Spaces for Sports survey has revealed that developing sportsmanship and achieving fitness are more important benefits of playing sport than actually winning.

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Programmes like Barclays Spaces for Sports show how, for communities worldwide, taking part is far more important than winning.
Ruud Gullit, former Chelsea and Holland footballer and an ambassador for Barclays Spaces for Sports.

A global Barclays Spaces for Sports survey has revealed that developing sportsmanship and achieving fitness are more important benefits of playing sport than actually winning.

In addition, the majority of fans polled recognise the value sport plays in society, but less than a fifth feel there are accessible facilities in their local area.

These responses reaffirm the work of Barclays Spaces for Sports in providing greater access to community sports facilities and programmes.

Commenting on the results of the survey, former Chelsea and Holland footballer Ruud Gullit, who is also an ambassador for Barclays Spaces for Sports, said: “The professional side is just a small part of what makes sport so important right across the world.

“Health and fitness benefits, social skills, as well as how to be a good person – sport can provide all these things to people in all walks of life.

“Programmes like Barclays Spaces for Sports show how, for communities worldwide, taking part is far more important than winning.”

The poll also revealed the top moment of sportsmanship to be in Formula One, when Graham Hill stopped during the 1965 Belgian Grand Prix to help Jackie Stewart escape from his crashed car.

Barclays Spaces for Sports, launched in the UK in 2004, is a community sports programme using sport to revitalise disadvantaged communities and tackle key social issues in countries around the world where Barclays operates, including South Africa, Zambia, the United States and Spain.

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