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Barclays Community Football Fund

Football opens doors to skills that last a lifetime. That’s why Barclays is giving grants to community sports groups who need it most.

At Barclays, we believe in creating opportunities for all through access to football. That’s why, in partnership with Sported, the Barclays Community Football Fund offers grants, training, kit and exclusive ticketing offers to make football more accessible in communities across the UK.

The Barclays Community Football Fund has already helped 1850 community sports groups to make football more accessible to young people. The Barclays Community Football Fund is currently closed for new applications, but will reopen in 2023. Please check back for more information.

Community sports groups can apply to receive:

  • £500 cash grant to spend on increasing young people’s access to play
  • Access to inclusivity training and coaching
  • Barclays branded bibs and exclusive offers on discounted kit and equipment
  • Exclusive opportunities to apply for Premier League and Barclays Women’s Super League tickets, mascot opportunities and ambassador appearances​​​​​​​

About the Barclays Community Football Fund

The innovative fund helps to reduce inequalities in football, with grants made available annually to groups that wish to start offering football, or expand their existing programmes to new, under-represented audiences*. The programme focuses on including girls and young people from lower socio-economic and under-represented groups: including racially diverse communities, people with disabilities, and people from the LGBTQ+ community.

The fund will support 5,500 community groups across the UK with a total investment of £1mn a year. This will engage more than 300,000 young people in inclusive football activities.

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About Sported

Sported is the UK’s largest sport for development organisation, supporting more than 2,600 community groups to use the power of sport to create positive social impact.

Eligibility criteria apply. UK only.