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Barclays Spaces for Sports supports the Beyond Sport Summit 2010, which starts today in Chicago in the United States.

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Barclays Spaces for Sports supports the Beyond Sport Summit 2010, which starts today in Chicago in the United States.

The event aims to celebrate and promote the use of sport in creating positive social change worldwide.

Barclays Spaces for Sports, a community sports programme using sport to revitalise disadvantaged communities and tackle key social issues in countries around the world where Barclays operates, will be featured at a panel discussion on Thursday, the main day of the summit.

The panel, entitled 'Playing Hardball: Can sport tackle youth violence in urban communities?', will discuss how sport can be used to combat crime among young people in inner cities.

Guests invited to speak at the two-day summit include Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan; Ian Thorpe, Olympic swimming gold-medallist from Australia; Gary Bettman, Commissioner of the US National Hockey League; Bill Bradley, American hall of fame basketball player and former US Senator from New Jersey; and Lucas Radebe, former South Africa national football team captain.

Leaders from governments, global companies, non-governmental organisations and sports federations, including TIME magazine, UNICEF, global charity CARE, and JP Morgan, are also expected to participate.

Representatives from Barclays Spaces for Sports sites in the UK and the US will also attend.

In addition, they took part in a symposium yesterday entitled 'Sport's Role in Urban Communities', ahead of the main event. The city of Chicago has expressed a desire to learn more about the role of sport in creating social change and Richard Daley, its Mayor, will deliver the opening keynote speech.

The summit is organised by Beyond Sport, an international non-profit organisation that aims to promote, develop and fund the use of sport to create positive social change worldwide.

Barclays Spaces for Sports was launched in the UK in 2004 and extended globally in 2008.

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