Barclays Spaces for Sports has announced a partnership in Hong Kong.
Barclays intends to invest close to £400,000 over three years to support the scheme, which will use football and basketball-based learning opportunities to help improve education and health for disadvantaged young people.
Other partners in the programme are the Chelsea Football Club Foundation, Chelsea Soccer School Hong Kong, and Right to Play, a charity which earlier this year provided a sports-led curriculum for a Barclays Spaces for Sports site in Beijing, China.
The scheme was announced earlier today, at a ceremony attended by Chelsea Football Club Manager André Villas-Boas, and former England footballer Graeme Le Saux. They were in Hong Kong for the Barclays Asia Trophy, which takes place this week.
Robert Morrice, Chairman and CEO, Barclays Asia, said at the event: “Since the Barclays Asia Trophy was here in Hong Kong four years ago, our business has grown rapidly, making this location increasingly important to us as an organisation.
“Today’s announcement, with its focus on sustainable development, shows that we want to invest in the future for the people of Hong Kong, and in particular the young.
“Our experience has proved that sport can make a lasting difference to the prospects of many young people around the world, and by working with respected organisations such as Chelsea FC and Right to Play, we can be assured that our programme has the best chance of success.”
André Villas-Boas added: "We take our role in the community very seriously at Chelsea FC and we are delighted to be partnering Barclays Spaces for Sports here in Hong Kong.
“Chelsea has been doing some great work on the ground here and with this new funding from Barclays we will be able to reach a wider group of less privileged children through sport."
Since its launch in the UK in 2004 with partners the Football Foundation, Barclays Spaces for Sports has created sites in South Africa, the United States, Spain, Zambia, Zimbabwe, China and India, benefiting more than 500,000 people.
The £37.5m global programme recognises the power of sport to revitalise disadvantaged communities and tackle key social issues, as well as helping young people develop vital life skills.