Barclays Spaces for Sports has teamed up with Right To Play to deliver a three-year programme using sport to improve the prospects for disadvantaged migrant children in China.
The partnership - Empowerment Through Sport - aims to integrate disadvantaged migrant children from Beijing into China’s wider society. It will use sport to drive greater social harmony through improved education, health, social skills and physical activity.
Migrant children whose families migrate to inner city areas in search of work struggle to enter and remain in mainstream education and face many challenges relating to care and development, nutrition, health and social discrimination.
A sports and life skills curriculum delivered over three years will promote greater social inclusion among 17,000 migrant children. The USD 540,000 programme (around CNY 3.6m based on current exchange rates) will deliver a legacy of sustainable inclusion, created through graduates of the programme and 850 coaches and teachers trained to deliver sport for development teaching.
Since its launch in the UK in 2004 with partners the Football Foundation, Barclays Spaces for Sports has created 200 sports sites in disadvantaged areas across the UK benefiting half a million people. In 2008 it was extended globally with further sites and projects already established in South Africa, the United States, the UK, Spain and Zambia. More than £37m has been committed to the programme since 2004.
Right To Play, the international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programmes to improve health, develop life skills, and foster peace for children and communities, will be delivering the curriculum.
Kirk Harrison, Head - Barclays Spaces for Sports, said: “We’re delighted that Barclays Spaces for Sports has entered this partnership with Right To Play, which will be our first major project in Asia as we look ahead to further expansion of Barclays Spaces for Sports globally. As well as aiming to transform the lives of those migrant children we’ll be working with, we are committed to capacity building and educating trainers to deliver long-term impact.”
Kate Burt, National Director at Right To Play, said: “Over 17,000 children and young people will benefit from the Education Through Sport programme over the course of three years. With support from Barclays and Right To Play, they will be given access to sustainable sport-based learning opportunities that will significantly improve their health, education and general wellbeing.”
Ms. Gao Hong, Right To Play ambassador and former China goalkeeper, said: “I really appreciate the support Barclays Spaces for Sports is giving to migrant children in China. As migrant children are marginalized in big cities, sport could have a huge impact on them. I believe with the joint effort of Barclays and Right To Play those children will play happily and the world will win!”