Jan 26, 2011

Barclays Spaces for Sports extends Beyond Sport partnership

Beyond Sport is delighted to announce that Barclays Spaces for Sports has extended its partnership with the sport and development initiative into a third year.

Barclays Spaces for Sports will once again play a pivotal role as a Global Partner to Beyond Sport, including a prominent presence at the Beyond Sport Summit 2011, which takes place in South Africa later this year.

South Africa marks the third destination for the annual Summit, following on from events in London and Chicago, with Beyond Sport’s global development mirroring the expansion of the Barclays Spaces for Sports programme into new territories.

Barclays Spaces for Sports is a community sports programme using sport to revitalise disadvantaged communities and tackle key social issues in countries around the world where Barclays operates.

It was launched in the UK in 2004 and has delivered 200 sustainable sports sites across the UK in partnership with the Football Foundation, giving more than half a million people in disadvantaged communities the opportunity to benefit.

Following its success in the UK, the programme was extended globally in 2008, bringing the total commitment by Barclays to more than £37 million.

Further sites and projects are already established in South Africa, the United States, the UK, Zambia, Spain and China, with more to follow during 2011.

Kirk Harrison, head - Barclays Spaces for Sports, says: “We are delighted to be renewing our partnership with Beyond Sport for a third year.

“We believe our global sport for development programme makes us ideally suited to partner Beyond Sport and to share and exchange knowledge in this developing field.

“We are particularly pleased this year’s summit will take place in South Africa where we launched our first site outside the UK in Gansbaai, Western Cape in 2008.”

Adds Nick Keller, founder of Beyond Sport: “We are delighted that Barclays Spaces for Sports will be with us for a third year as we continue our development.

“Barclays’ investment in sport as a tool for social change is a first-class illustration of how the corporate world can engage in such activity, and we are thrilled to work alongside such an organisation that leads by example.

“With the Beyond Sport Awards 2011 now open for entries, furthering our reach into new regions and communities, and plans for the summit in South Africa taking place, we look forward to working ever more closely with Barclays Spaces for Sports over the coming months.”

The Beyond Sport Summit is a unique event designed to celebrate, promote and drive forward the use of sport as a tool for positive social change.

It brings together those who use sport as a vehicle to create social impact and influencers from the world of business, government and federations whose attitudes and decisions can have substantial impact.

Attended by over 750 influential people from the world of sport and development, the 2010 event in Chicago boasted an impressive line-up of speakers, including Olympic legends Michael Johnson and Ian Thorpe; HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan; and former South African football captain Lucas Radebe.

The Beyond Sport Awards are designed to recognise and reward the best sport and development projects from across the world on an annual basis.

The awards incorporate 12 categories covering the entire sporting spectrum of health, social inclusion, corporate and social responsibility and philanthropy.

Last year, the awards attracted entries from more than 400 projects, further extending the significant reach of the global initiative to over 200 countries and territories.

The winners, unveiled at the summit in Chicago, received a support package worth more than $1 million.

The Awards 2011 are now open for entries until mid-March.

Beyond Sport is also represented by a host of high-profile ambassadors, all who bring unique experiences and visions to the initiative. Chaired by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, they also include Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of London 2012; former NBA champion and US senator Bill Bradley; and IOC executive board member Nawal El Moutawakel, the minister of youth and sports, Morocco.

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