17 May 2018
Poole Swimming Club is delighted to announce that it has bagged a generous grant from the Tesco Bags of Help funding initiative which will help fund removeable starting blocks.
The Club has had a phenomenal past 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, a record number of swimmers at Regional Championships 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 Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants raised from carrier bag sales being awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.
Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. We are very grateful for our award of £2,000 from Tesco as well as other opportunities such as bag packing events it has made available.
Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.
Corrine McCrea, President of PSC, said "Our heartfelt thanks go to Tesco for helping us to continue to support our swimmers to reach their potential and to every one who voted for Poole Swimming Club. PSC swimmers and families come from Poole, Bournemouth and indeed other parts of Dorset; and our coaches, athletes and supporters have worked hard to build us to become of the top swimming clubs in the country. Once this project is complete, we will have the opportunity to apply for a further Bags of Help project. In the meantime, our fundraising for starting blocks continues. Any help that members of the club or other supporters can give - whether this be providing their time, fundraising ideas, or otherwise - would be very much welcomed".
Alec Brown, 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.”
Voting ran in stores throughout January and February with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out. Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £36 million across more than 7,900 local projects.
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:
“Bags of Help continues to fund thousands of projects across the UK. We want to ensure that the money raised benefits as many local people in as many different places as possible so we’ve extended the range of groups and projects that we can support.
“The scale and variety of activities supported by Bags of Helps shows what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to make change happen in their local area.”