Portsmouth sports park gets £24,000 cash boost

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A COMMUNITY sports site in Portsmouth has been given a big cash boost.

Bransbury Park, which is used by Portsmouth Football Club’s study and education centre, has been handed a £24,000 grant by Barclays Bank. It will allow the site to run a wide range of sporting activities and will pay for a new community sports co-ordinator, who has already been appointed.

Previously, Barclays Spaces for Sports handed the park £600,000 back in 2007. This paid for the large multi-sport community site at Bransbury Park, where the Pompey Respect Programme runs its projects from.

It enables young people to develop interests, gain qualifications and learn new skills.

Julian Wadsworth, who is Respect programme manager for the Pompey Sports and Education Foundation, said: ‘The Respect Programme team is extremely grateful for the recent grant from Barclays Spaces for Sports, which will increase sports participation and long-term sustainability at Bransbury Park.

‘We currently work with more than 700 young people per week through our social Inclusion delivery projects and this grant allows us to develop more diverse sports development opportunities to young people in an historic year of sporting events.’

Barclays Spaces for Sports uses sport to rejuvenate poorer communities, as well as to tackle social issues.

Kirk Harrison, head of Barclays Spaces for Sports, added: ‘The additional funding Bransbury Park has received is an example of our commitment to our projects and the communities.’