Team GB has partnered with leading UK housebuilder Persimmon Homes. At the heart of the three-year partnership is Persimmon’s new £1million-a-year nationwide funding scheme, Building Futures, which the housebuilder officially launched today.
Team GB will support the Building Futures programme, which aims to assist community sports, education and arts & health initiatives for under 18s.
The scheme is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation, which last year gave away £620,000 to support children’s sport.
Building Futures is even more ambitious than last year’s scheme, and is aimed solely at community projects for under 18s and targeted at grassroots sports groups, community groups dealing with physical and mental health issues and awareness, as well as arts and education projects.
Locally, a total of 128 grants of £1,000 will be awarded each year across Persimmon’s 31 regional businesses to improve facilities and the delivery of vital grassroots community projects.
Three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme voted on by the public.
In each sector – Sport, Health and Education – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.
Becoming an official partner of the British Olympic Association (BOA) through until 2021, Persimmon’s initiative will see Team GB Olympians attend community projects the length-and-breadth of the United Kingdom to personally present funds and see first-hand the impact the donations have on local communities.
Building Futures was launched at The Heart of England Community Boxing Club in Burbage, near Hinckley, just months after it received a £200,000 cheque from the Persimmon Foundation. The cash helped to save the club from collapse and enabled it to continue to help around 80 young people each week overcome issues such as ADHD, autism, anti-social behaviour and bullying, as well as offering dietary advice to its members and tips on how to keep fit.
Young people at the club were treated to a sparring session with London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo as part of the Team GB link-up.
British Olympic Association Commercial Director, Tim Ellerton, said: “Funding of community facilities is an acutely important topic and we’re pleased to be working on this initiative with the Persimmon Foundation. Over the next few years millions of pounds will be invested in new facilities and Team GB athlete visits will take place all over the country, all supporting schemes that will engage young people to make their communities stronger and better.
“The support of our partners enables us to take athletes to the Olympic Games and, without their funding, we would not be able to provide the platform for them to inspire the nation, be that in the boxing ring, in the pool or on the track.”
Persimmon Homes marketing director Mark Cook said: “Persimmon creates hundreds of new communities every year and funds thousands of community initiatives. Building Futures will allow us to help even more children and the support of Team GB will ensure we reach a much wider audience.
“Alongside Building Futures, Persimmon will also be launching an initiative to retrain and find jobs for retiring athletes, supporting them through and beyond their sporting careers.”
The British Olympic Association is funded entirely independently, receiving no public funds, and relies on the generosity of its commercial partners, patrons and donors.
About Building Futures:
Groups will be invited to enter the Building Futures initiative via https://www.persimmonhomes.com/charity/building-futures outlining how they would spend £1,000 and £100,000 respectively on their community project. Groups can nominate themselves from today.
About The BOA:
The British Olympic Association (BOA) is the National Olympic Committee for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Its mission is to develop, promote and protect the Olympic Movement in our territory in accordance with the Olympic Charter. The BOA achieves this through:
• Working in partnership with our members and key stakeholders to deliver world-leading services and support to enable British athletes to reach their full potential at the Olympic Games, Olympic Winter Games and other IOC-sanctioned events
• Working in partnership with our members and key stakeholders to provide athletes with relevant support on the journey to, during and following their Olympic careers
• Engaging people throughout the United Kingdom to pursue their very own goals and dreams through the Olympic Values and the example of Team GB Olympians
• Being the independent voice of Olympic Sport and collaborating with our members and other sport stakeholders, both domestically and internationally, to support the continued growth and overall health of the Olympic Movement in the UK
For further information, please visit www.TeamGB.com
About Persimmon Homes:
Persimmon was founded in 1972 and is today one of the UK’s leading housebuilders.
With headquarters in York, the Group operates from 31 regional offices throughout the UK. The Group trades under the brand names of Persimmon Homes, Charles Church and Westbury Partnerships, building quality homes across England, Wales and Scotland.
The Group has also developed its offsite manufacturing capabilities: its Space4 business manufactures highly insulated timber frames, wall panels and roof cassettes; its Brickworks manufactures concrete bricks and its Tileworks, due to be launched in 2019, will manufacture concrete roof tiles. These capabilities help support our overall construction capacity and contribute towards securing availability of key material components.
The business employs more than 4,500 employees with a significant number of long serving employees.
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