North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with community charity Groundwork to launch its community 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 and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
NHDC is one of the groups which made the shortlist and has applied for funding for BMX and skateboarding lessons for beginners. It is hoped that by offering free sessions, a wider variety of users will be able to use the facilities. Target groups will include younger users and girls, as well as adults. The sessions will take place over a series of months to inspire new skaters to take up a sport they may not have considered before.
Cllr Jane Gray, NHDC’s Executive Member for Leisure, said: “We’re thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Tesco Bags of Help Initiative, but now we need to get the votes in! I would like to urge everybody to take a moment to cast their vote and support Norton Common Skate Park. The facility has recently been revamped and it would be fantastic if we can access this funding, so we can give people the opportunity to try out skateboarding or BMX for free”.
Voting is open in Tesco stores throughout July and August. Local stores which are participating include Baldock Extra, Letchworth Express, Letchworth Southfields Road Express and Stotfold Express. Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out each time they shop.