Barclays Spaces for Sports has won the Sport Business award at the Global Sports Forum in Barcelona, Spain.
The accolade recognises the community investment programme for using sport to revitalise disadvantaged communities and tackle key social issues around the world.
Evelio Acevedo, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Barclays Spain, picked up the award at the event. He also participated in a panel to share key learnings from Barclays Spaces for Sports and discuss the power sport has to deliver social change.
Since its launch in 2004, Barclays Spaces for Sports has developed more than 200 sports sites in the UK to benefit half a million disadvantaged people across the country.
The programme has also been introduced to a number of countries where Barclays operates, such as South Africa, Spain, the United States and Zambia. More sites and projects will be launched in other countries, including China.
Hannah Willis, Associate Director of Global Community Investment at Barclays, added: “We’re absolutely delighted that Barclays Spaces for Sports has been recognised with this award.
“We’re particularly pleased that we’re now achieving recognition on a global scale since extending the programme globally in 2008.”
Barclays Spaces for Sports was also named Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year at the Peace and Sport Awards in Monaco last year.
The Global Sports Forum saw more than 1,000 participants, including high-profile sports personalities, government and business leaders and charities, gather to discuss the role of sport in the economy, society, politics and culture. This year’s guests included Jordi Hereu i Boher, the Mayor of Barcelona, Issa Hayatou, President of the Confederation of African Football and Jonah Lomu, New Zealand international rugby player.