Welsh Liberal Democrat MP for Ceredigion, Mark Williams has welcomed the news that local tennis players in Aberystwyth will soon be able to make use of refurbished tennis courts, as Aberystwyth Tennis Club have been awarded a grant of £25,000 by Barclays to regenerate the Barclays Spaces for Sports site.
Barclays Spaces for Sports is a community sports programme which uses the power of sport to help young people develop the confidence and skills they need, and revitalise communities. As part of this programme, Barclays has partnered with the Football Foundation to develop 200 community facilities across the UK, which cater for a wide range of sports.
The grant will contribute towards the refurbishment of the facilities at the club. The courts will be jet washed and repainted at the site. Fencing and the equipment storage shed will be repaired and improved, and a notice board will be installed to ensure users of the site are aware of playing options.
The new funding for the club follows previous grants totaling £100,000 from Barclays since 2007.
Laura Stalbow, project co-ordinator at Aberystwyth Tennis Club, said, “We are very grateful for the support from Barclays Spaces for Sport. The grant will enable us to keep the courts in a good and safe condition so that members of the club, the local community and holiday makers can continue to enjoy playing tennis in Aberystwyth”.
Mark Williams, MP for Ceredigion commented on the new grant, “I am exceptionally pleased the facilities at the tennis club are all set to be refurbished. The club has come a long way in the last few years and is a very popular facility with members of the community.”
Paulette Cohen, Head of Global Programmes, Barclays, said, “We are committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of all Barclays Spaces for Sports sites and the additional funding that Aberystwyth Tennis Club has received is a strong example of this. This is one of over 200 UK sites where we work with our partner, the Football Foundation, offering financial and non-financial assistance so they can continue to have a positive impact in the local community.”
Experts at the Football Foundation work closely with each site to identify their needs, and provide practical help such as advice on how to draw up new business and marketing plans and establish new local partnerships.
The Barclays Spaces for Sports Programme is part of Barclays’ wider commitment to invest £250m to help five million disadvantaged young people around the world, by 2015, develop the skills they need to fulfil their potential.