The Washington Millennium Centre in Sunderland was one of five flagship Barclays Spaces for Sports sites that took part in Keep it Up for Soccer Aid activities, which involved players using their soccer skills to keep a ball off the ground as long as possible. Sites in Tottenham, Derby, Manchester and Portsmouth were also involved.
Soccer Aid is an annual event to support UNICEF’s work for vulnerable children across the globe. The centrepiece is a televised football match taking place at Old Trafford, home of Manchester United, on 6 June involving celebrities and football legends.
Hannah Willis, Associate Director for Global Community Investment at Barclays, said: “We are delighted to be supporting UNICEF’s Keep it Up for Soccer Aid activity by staging these fundraising events at our Barclays Spaces for Sports sites. Soccer Aid reflects the key aims of our programme, which is to transform the lives of disadvantaged people and tackle key social issues through sport.”
The Spaces for Sports site in Sunderland was opened in 2007 following a £600,000 cash injection from Barclays and the Football Foundation and today hosts more than 80 young people from the local community.
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.
Barclays joined forces with UNICEF to launch ‘Building young futures’ in 2008. The three-year programme aims to empower thousands of young people across the world by providing them with the support and skills they need to achieve a brighter economic future for themselves and their communities.