Tesco Bags of Help initiative

Vote for Friday Night Football

Page last updated at 06 January 2017 at 14:33

Eastleigh Borough Council’s Friday Night Football is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.

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

Eastleigh’s Friday Night Football project is one of the groups on the shortlist.  Friday Night Football is an ongoing youth project that provides informal 5-a-side football on Friday nights at Fleming Park, Botley Recreation Ground and The Hub. All sessions are run by qualified FA coaches and cost just £1 to play.  This community project aims to offer a positive activity for young people in Eastleigh and runs for 49 weeks of the year.

The Council’s Cabinet Lead for Leisure, Cllr Alan Broadhurst said: ”I’m delighted that our Friday Night Football project has been shortlisted as part of the Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative and would encourage all local people to vote for this fantastic activity.”

Local people can cast their votes in a number of local stores until 28 January, using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

You can cast your vote at Tesco Express stores - Ashdown Rd, Chandler’s Ford; Twyford Rd, Eastleigh; Harestock, Winchester; Bishopstoke, Eastleigh; Kings Worthy, Winchester; Fair Oak; Valley Park; Andover Road, Winchester; Alresford; together with Winchester Extra, Easton Road and the Eastleigh Metro, Swan Centre' Eastleigh,

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £24 million to more than 2,400 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.

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

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. Just ask in store for more information or visit the Bags of Help website.