Cricket Club calls out for votes to bag a share of fund

Hursley Park CC is bidding 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 up to £4,000, up to £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Hursley Park CC is one of the groups on the shortlist.

The project involves the refurbishment of the existing antiquated shower and toilet block which was built over 50 years ago and is remote from the main cricket pavilion and changing rooms.

Bill Conroy, Club Chairman, said:

‘Our toilet and shower facilities are considered archaic by the majority of users and continually cause concern and embarrassment particularly as the showers are located within the gents section of the block. The completed project will enable the club to comply with the accreditation requirements of the leagues we play in and hence ensure that the club continues to survive and thrive. This benefits not only our own members but also our visiting opponents and other external organisations that use the club facilities.’

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout January and February. 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 £40 million to 9,700 projects up and down the UK. 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.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

‘We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for January and February. 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.