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Friday Night Football bags £1000

Tesco funding supports Council scheme

Page last updated at 21 April 2017 at 09:22

Eastleigh Borough Council is delighted to announce it has been awarded £1000 from a Tesco funding scheme to support its Friday Night Football project.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants of up to £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to thousands of  local community projects every year.

Friday Night Football is a well-established youth project, delivered with the support of the Eastleigh Community Safety Partnership, which offers weekly 5-a-side sessions for just £1 per person.

The project for 10 – 19 year olds, takes place 49 weeks of the year with sessions currently available at Fleming Park Leisure Centre, Eastleigh, The Hub, Bishopstoke and Botley Recreation Ground.  The funding will be used to help with the delivery of the scheme and also to deliver a series of educational workshops at each site about issues such as keeping safe online, mental health and drug and alcohol awareness.

Emily Fry, SportWorks Development Officer at Eastleigh Borough Council, said: “We’re delighted Friday Night Football has received support from Tesco Bags for Help as it will mean young people in Eastleigh can continue to participate in weekly physical activity and keep safe on a Friday evening.”

She added, “The project aims to provide a positive and safe environment for young people and reduce levels of anti-social behaviour.  Sport has the power the get across messages of respect and teamwork, as well as benefitting overall health and wellbeing.”

Lindsey Crompton, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from our customers. The great thing about Bags of Help is that local people are invited to decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

For more information about Friday Night Football, please visit www.eastleigh.gov.uk/sportworks