Barclays Spaces for Sports extends Global Partnership

2nd April 2012

Barclays Spaces for Sports, a community-based sports programme which uses sport as a platform to help young people develop life skills and revitalise disadvantaged communities in a sustainable way,   has extended its partnership with Beyond Sport, the organisation which works to unearth, celebrate and support inspirational sports projects, people and organisations that drive positive change.

Barclays Spaces for Sports will continue in its role as Global Partner of Beyond Sport, extending an association that began in 2009 with the aim of furthering the use of sport as a tool for social development.

The cooperation between Barclays Spaces for Sports and Beyond Sport has centred around the Beyond Sport Summit and Awards – previously held in London, Chicago and Cape Town and returning to London this summer in the week before the Olympic Games – and the Beyond Sport Foundation, which supports outstanding projects all around the world.

Nick Keller, Founder of Beyond Sport, said: "Beyond Sport's belief that the corporate world can bring about positive social change through sport is embodied nowhere better than by Barclays Spaces for Sports. For almost a decade the programme has provided a standout model of what true investment in this area can bring about. We are delighted to be continuing this partnership and look forward to seeing what we can achieve together in the years to come."

David Wheldon, Head of Brand, Reputation and Citizenship, Barclays, added: "Barclays aims to play a broader role in the communities in which we live and work beyond what we deliver through our core business activities. Our community investment programmes, such as Barclays Spaces for Sports, help empower young people with the appropriate skills to become more employable and financially independent.  Our partnership with Beyond Sport is born of our joint recognition that sport can have a social impact at a local and global level. We are delighted to continue our partnership and increase the opportunities to celebrate, promote and drive forward sport-led social change.”

The renewal of the partnership comes with entries to the Beyond Sport Awards 2012 currently open. Designed to recognise and reward those individuals and organisations using sport to drive forward social change, the Beyond Sport Awards are made up of 12 categories covering the entire sporting spectrum of health, social inclusion, corporate and social responsibility, and team and federation community engagement. Entries to the Beyond Sport Awards close on April 6th