The new-look courts in London with Barclays ATP World Tour Finals logos and court markings were revamped as part of the Barclays Spaces for Sports programme, which uses the positive values of sports to engage the next generation.
Over 60,000 young people have benefited from Spaces for Sports programmes in nine countries around the world. In the UK alone, Barclays supports 200 sports sites through a successful partnership with the Football Foundation.
Young British tennis star Oliver Golding and senior player Ross Hutchins opened the revamped courts with an official first serve at White Hart Lane Sports Centre and stayed on court to host a coaching session to inspire young people from the local community.
Spaces for Sports provides young people with the skills, confidence and experience they need to make a positive transition back into education, access training or gain meaningful employment – with the ultimate objective of helping them secure financial independence. The programme is part of 5 Million Young Futures, Barclays’ commitment to help five million disadvantaged young people, by 2015, develop the enterprise, employability and financial skills they need to fulfil their potential.
David Wheldon, Managing Director of Brand, Reputation and Citizenship at Barclays, said: “The sites around the country are all about getting local communities involved in sport, especially in areas where facilities are scarce. By refurbishing the courts and giving them the feel of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals court we want to inspire the next generation, and encourage young people who are used to seeing their heroes on TV or in the stands at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals to pick up a racquet and play.”
Barclays has given away 1,500 tickets to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals to young people across the UK, enabling them to experience the excitement of world-class tennis. Some of young people will take part in coaching sessions at the O2 with top players, including those from White Hart Lane Sports Centre who will receive tips from former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker.