ACTIVE staff at Perdiswell Leisure Centre are bidding to bag a massive cash boost for disability sport schemes in and around Worcester from the ‘Tesco Bags of Help’ scheme and hope city shoppers can help.
Freedom Leisure which operates the city’s three leisure facilities and provides an Active Communities services on behalf of Worcester City Council, has a focus on promoting active healthy communities and while they already run a number of schemes for those with disabilities in the area, their ambitions are to offer even more!
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award in January and February, and now Worcester shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores in the area to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
Freedom Leisure and Disability Sport Worcestershire is one of the groups on the shortlist with their Inclusive Fun and Sports Day for children with disabilities.
Matt Rogers, Freedom Leisure Active Communities Manager says: “The city is very lucky to have such wonderful and established disability sport offerings, but we are always keen to showcase it, and of course grow it further in the best interest of local residents.
“We are very excited to make it to the final three in the Worcester region of Tesco Bags of Help and are extremely proud of the team.
“This funding will allow us to provide an Inclusive Fun and Sports Day at Perdiswell Leisure Centre on May 6. This event will allow all disability sport clubs within Worcester to showcase what they can offer whilst also allowing everyone to try a disability sport.”
Voting is open in stores until February 28. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £25 million to more than 3,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.
The Bags of Help scheme is permanently open for applications and anyone can nominate a project at any time – whether it’s Tesco customers, colleagues or the community groups themselves.
Visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp for more.