As part of Barclays Citizenship agenda, Barclays Spaces for Sports launches a £350,000 partnership over three years with Fulham Football Club Foundation, the charitable arm of Fulham FC, to deliver a sport employability programme to 16 to 25-year-olds in South, West and Central London.
Hosted at Craven Cottage, Fulham’s home ground and other Barclays Spaces for Sports sites around London, the initiative aims to help 300 young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).
The 10-week long programmes, which include specially adapted Barclays Money Skills modules, aim to provide young people and adults with life skills and work related training to increase their opportunity of gaining employment.
Participants will benefit from a range of support, including: work-related learning, CV writing workshops, careers talks, sporting activity, literacy, numeracy and IT lessons. Barclays colleagues will also have the opportunity to become involved as volunteers with the programme as it develops.
David Wheldon, Head of Brand, Reputation and Citizenship, Barclays commented: “Barclays plays a broader role in the communities in which we live and work beyond what we deliver through our core business activities; we do this through community investment programmes and the direct efforts of our employees.
“By empowering young people with appropriate skills we can help them achieve economic independence and security now and in the future. We are delighted to be partnering with Fulham FC Foundation on this unique programme which brings together the independent interests and expertise of each organisation to do just that.”
Recent evidence shows that the number of young people in the UK classified as NEET has risen sharply over the past 12 months. Almost one in five 16 to 24-year-olds were out of school and unemployed according to the UK’s Department for Education (DfE) in November 2011, rising 137,000 from the previous year.
Steven Day, Chief Executive Officer, Fulham FC Foundation, said: “This innovative new project created in partnership with Barclays underlines the clubs ethos of embedding projects in the local community and ‘building better lives through sport’. This programme adds another element to our portfolio of sports and education activities which we engage with in excess of 6,000 young people a month.”
Barclays Spaces for Sports uses sport to revitalise disadvantaged communities and tackle key social issues by helping young people develop a range of life skills. It is part of Barclays community investment programme.