Dream day for Young Chelsea Fan

Tuesday 27th January 2015

Seven-year-old Nancy Nevrides, experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when she lead out her favourite team, Chelsea, against West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on Boxing day

Nancy regularly was nominated by The Creation trust who with partners XLP & the Latin American group run activities at her local Barclays Spaces for Sports site, Aylesbury Estate Multi-Use Games Area. The opportunity came from Barclays who have built over 200 community sports sites since 2004 in partnership with the Football Foundation.

Barclays Spaces for Sports is a community sports programme which uses the power of sport to help young people develop the confidence and skills they need, and revitalise disadvantaged communities. It is part of Barclays’ commitment to 5 Million Young Futures – a goal to build the next generation of achievers by helping them develop enterprise, employability and financial skills.  Creation are currently looking to employ a part-time sports development officer to increase use of the site and ensure young people get great coaching opportunities.

As part of this scheme, Barclays chose the Football Foundation to deliver the award-winning £67m facilities investment programme which has developed 200 community facilities across the UK, that cater for a wide range of sports.

Paulette Cohen, Barclays Head of Global Programmes, said: “Barclays was delighted to be able to provide this unique opportunity for Nancy to be an official mascot of the Barclays Premier League game between Chelsea and West Ham United. It is great that the programme is able to reward just some of the 53,000 people who use our 200 sites across the country.”

Nancy spoke about her day, saying: “I loved meeting all the Chelsea players including John Terry and Edin Hazard. I was a bit nervous about walking out in front of so many people but once I was there I had a lot of fun!”