Barclays Spaces for Sports has sponsored the Beyond Sport Summit, which took place this week in Cape Town, South Africa.
The event saw influential figures from sport, politics, business, media and the non-profit sector gather to discuss how sport can promote social development.
Participants at the summit included US track and field athlete Michael Johnson; South African sprint runner Oscar Pistorius; former UK Prime Minister and Chairman of Beyond Sport Ambassadors Tony Blair; and South African Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula, who delivered the keynote speech.
Kirk Harrison, Head of Barclays Spaces for Sports, was also in attendance to share Barclays experience in using sport to help young people develop skills in areas such as team work, communication and conflict resolution.
Kirk participated in a panel discussion entitled ‘Creating shared value in the community’, where he discussed how businesses are increasingly making citizenship a core part of their strategy, as well as how community programmes like Barclays Spaces for Sports can create benefits for companies, such as a stronger reputation and employee volunteering opportunities.
Absa and charity partner Grassroot Soccer hosted a workshop to enable delegates to learn more about their partnership in Zambia and Zimbabwe, which is enabling disadvantaged young people taking part in football training to improve their personal skills and understand pressing local health issues such as HIV prevention.
Kirk said: “Barclays Spaces for Sports is delighted to be partnering with Beyond Sport for a third successive year at the Cape Town summit.
“The values and ethos of Beyond Sport have real synergies with the Barclays Spaces for Sports programme and the summit brings together the key leaders in the world of sport for development from corporate to NGOs to governments.
“This gives us a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of our sites, programmes and partners and demonstrate the impact the Spaces for Sports programme has in delivering key life skills to disadvantaged communities globally.”
Summit delegates also visited a Barclays Spaces for Sports site in Gansbaai, approximately two hours southeast of Cape Town, where facilities for sports such as football, rugby and cricket are offered.
Located in the middle of three communities, the site serves as a catalyst for social integration. It also hosts the Breaking Barriers initiative, funded by Barclays and Absa (new window) to offer volunteers an accredited two-year course offering training in the basic skills needed to coach sports, and specialised skills for working with young people.
This is the third consecutive time Barclays Spaces for Sports has sponsored UK charity Beyond Sport’s annual summit.
Barclays Spaces for Sports is part of Barclays community investment programme, which invests in local communities as an integral part of the firm’s Citizenship strategy.
With a focus on financial, enterprise and life skills, Barclays supports disadvantaged people in building the confidence and skills to achieve financial independence and security.