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Netball club to bag a share of fund!

14th November 2017


Three Rivers Junior Netball Club is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores – being awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region - with the Netball club successful in the Rickmansworth area - have been shortlisted to go forward to a vote in Tesco stores where customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop. Voting will take place from Wednesday 1st November 2017 to Monday 1st January 2018.

The Netball Club which was setup by Three Rivers District Council runs classes for girls in years six and seven every Wednesday during term time at William Penn Leisure Centre whilst the funding will be used to provide new equipment and resources for the girls.

Councillor Chris Lloyd, Lead Member for Leisure, Health and Wellbeing said; “The group is really good fun and it's fantastic to see how much enjoyment the girls get from the sessions. As well as improving their skills and getting to play netball they are making friends, getting active and having lots of fun and this funding will allow the group to continue to develop, making it sustainable for the coming years. If you live in Rickmansworth be sure to grab a token and make a vote for Netball!”

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Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for November and December. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online.

To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp