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PSC CALLS FOR SUPPORTER VOTES TO BAG A SHARE OF TESCO'S BAG FUND

Poole Swimming Club is bidding to bag a much wanted grant from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative to fund removeable starting blocks from which swimmers can dive.

The Club has had a phenomenal year, achievements including having been awarded the National Performance Swimming Club of the Year, swimmers being selected for the Commonwealth Games, World Junior Championships and European Junior Championships, success in the National Arena League, winning the Southern Junior League and the ongoing development of all of its squads including at the younger end, its flourishing Star Groups.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000, up to £2,000 and up to £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been short-listed 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.

Customers will be able to vote using a blue token given to them every time they shop at Tesco checkouts and can request a token when using self-service to be able to cast their votes. Voters choosing to vote for Poole Swimmming Club can use their blue tokens to vote for it at voting stations in the Tesco stores mentioned below during January and February.

Poole Swimming Club is excited about the opportunity for its members, their friends, families and other supporters in the Community helping it successfully achieve its project goal with the support of their votes and by spreading the news to others who may also want to support it with their votes.

Corrine McCrea, PSC President remarked "We feel very privileged to have been chosen by the Tesco Bags of Help initiative this year".

Tesco's Bags of Help project has already delivered over £40million 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 shortlist and we can't wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities".

Votes for Poole Swimming Club can be cast now and throughout the rest of January and February at the following Tesco stores:
- Bournemouth Metro, BH2 6DT
- Bournemouth Road, Poole Express, BH14 9HR
- Lilliput Poole Express, BH14 8HA
- Lytchett Poole Express, BH16 6BQ
- Parkstone Poole Express, BH12 4HU
- Poole 4 Branksome, BH12 1AU
- Poole Fernside Road Express, BH15 2EW
- Poole Fleet Extra, BH17 7EJ
- Poole Quay Express, BH15 1LF
- Poole Ringwood Road, Express, BH12 3LY
- Poole Tower Park, BH12 4NX
- Poole Wallisdown Road Express, BH12 5BU
- Sandbanks Express, BH13 7PW