Stonehaven Tennis Club is hoping to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awarded to local community projects and delivered by greenspace scotland.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award. Shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
Stonehaven Tennis Club is one of the groups on the shortlist. They hope to secure the cash for new tennis court fencing.
Voting for the Tennis Club project is open in the Newtonhill Tesco store for May. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
A spokesperson for the club said: “Tennis has been at the heart of Stonehaven going back to the 1880’s.
“Today the Tennis Club is a friendly and vibrant club with open doors to the whole community. Being a non-profit organisation means that the club works extremely hard to fundraise in order to keep our community facility in the best possible condition.
“This year, replacement court fencing is one of our top priorities to ensure coaching programmes can continue to grow and that we can meet the needs of our local community.
“We are very grateful for this opportunity from Tesco to be selected for the public vote. Every vote counts and we really hope that you will support our cause during the month of May at Tesco Newtonhill.”
Bags of Help project has already delivered over £71 million to more than 23,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.
Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said:
“Bags of Help contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers voting in their local stores. We’re looking forward to seeing more projects brought to life.”
Emma Halliday, Community Enabler Coordinator at greenspace scotland, said:
“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”
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.