Barclays has provided the Guernsey Sports Commission (GSC) with £22,000 in funding for their Street Sports programme.
The grant is the first act of 2014 by the Barclays Guernsey Community Investment Committee, which has been formed to focus the charitable work of the bank on disadvantaged and under-privileged children and to develop life skills, citizenship and entrepreneurship in young people.
The committee is chaired by relationship manager Steve Gibson with representatives from across the bank.
“As an investment committee our role is to ensure that we get the best results from Barclays community initiatives. That means working with charities on projects, providing funding for suitable activity and co-ordinating volunteers from the bank.
“We are also keen to reflect Barclays’ citizenship ethos, something that is at the very heart of the bank’s strategy.”
The other committee members are Clive Davies, Kelly Hainsworth, Dave Bartram,Angus Findlay, Andrew Feehan, Simon Veron, Dan Savident and Karan Berry.
The first project that has been announced is the support of the GSC’s Street Sports.
Street Sports is an initiative offering 11-18 year olds of all abilities the chance to participate in a range of sports and physical activities in the evenings free of charge.
It is an opportunity for young people to be active, have fun and learn new skills. Activities young people can choose from include football, basketball, netball, tchoukball, dodgeball, cricket, hockey, Frisbee, volleyball, badminton, batting and fielding games, skipping, tag rugby and circus skills.
Sessions are held from 7-9pm on Tuesdays at Les Genats Estate, on Wednesdays at St Martins Primary School and on Thursdays at the Youth Commission Les Ozouets Campus Young people can just turn up, register with a member of staff and join in.
Jenny Murphy, the GSC’s sports development officer said: “Barclays’ support for Street Sports is fantastic. It will allow us to take sport to young people who might not otherwise be able to access proper facilities or clubs and would therefore miss out on all the benefits and advantages that taking part in organised sport brings.”
Mr Gibson said: “Street Sports is a great initiative. Organised sporting activity and coaching is fantastic for fitness but more importantly to help individuals achieve their goals – it is also great for developing interpersonal and team working skills. These are vital to young people looking to get on in the world and to play their part in society.”