Since 2004, Barclays Spaces for Sports has invested over £40million in community sport programmes and facilities to deliver positive social change and help individuals achieve their ambitions.

The programme has supported Street League’s expansion with new Academies in Birmingham, Leeds and Middlesbrough. Each Academy helps young unemployed people develop key employability skills and progress into work placements, jobs or training. 

Matt Stevenson-Dodd, Chief Executive of Street League, said: “Thanks to the support from Barclays we’ve been able to open in three new regions and reach even more young people. Our Academy programme uses football to help young people make a real difference to their lives. We are proud to be part of Spaces for Sports vision to help young people change their futures.”

Spaces for Sports’ 10-year partnership with the Football Foundation has also 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.

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 have been attending community events at flagship Spaces for Sports sites over the coming weeks. Celebrations will continue through the rest of the year.

Spaces for Sports is a 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. Globally it has launched programmes with partners across nine countries, benefiting more than 80,000 young people.

Click here to watch the Spaces for Sports video, featuring staff and participants from the Street League Academy in south London.