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Celebrating ten years of Barclays Spaces for Sports

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Sport has the power to inspire, build bridges across communities and deliver positive social change. In support of this, since 2004, Barclays Spaces for Sports has invested over £40m in community sport programmes and facilities to help individuals achieve their ambitions.

Through our 10 year partnership with the Football Foundation, we’ve created 200 sports facilities across the UK – used by 53,000 people every week – to revitalise disadvantaged communities and enable young people to fulfil their potential.

Watch a short film about the work of the programme:

To mark the achievements of all those involved, celebrity ambassadors such as Former Manchester United goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel and Arsenal Ladies defender, Faye White MBE will attend community events at flagship Spaces for Sports sites over the coming weeks. Celebrations will continue through the rest of the year.

Our focus is now on ensuring the sustainability of these sites while supporting partnerships and programmes that engage young people around the world. Spaces for Sports is part of our commitment to change 5 Million Young Futures – Barclays’ goal to build the next generation of achievers by enabling them to develop enterprise, employability and financial skills.

Celebrating ten years of Barclays Spaces for Sports

Young people who have dropped out of school, or have had limited education or training opportunities, are hit hardest by the rising trend in youth unemployment. Working with expert partners across the globe, Spaces for Sports provides them with the skills, confidence and experience they need to get back into education, access training or gain meaningful employment. Globally, we’ve launched programmes with partners across 9 countries, benefiting more than 80,000 young people. 

Find out more about Spaces for Sports and some of the young people we've helped (PDF 410KB)Find out more about Spaces for Sports and some of the young people we've helped (PDF 410KB, new window)
Read more about our commitment to 5 Million Young Futures Link to 5MYF homepage
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