Penicuik Athletic Football Club calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

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Penicuik Athletic Football Club is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco  

teamed  

up  

with  

Groundwork  

to  

launch  

its  

community  

funding  

scheme,  

which  

sees  

grants  

of  

£4,000,  

£2,000  

and

£1,000  

raised  

from  

carrier  

bag  

sales  

in  

Tesco  

stores  

awarded  

to  

local  

community  

projects.  

Greenspace  

Scotland  

is  

working

with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland.

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.  

Penicuik

Athletic  

Football  

Club  

is  

one  

of  

the

groups on the shortlist.

The  

club  

are  

looking  

to  

Create  

a  

NEW  

Accessible  

Viewing  

Area  

as  

part  

of  

their  

ongoing  

ground  

improvements  

which  

will

provide  

a  

safe  

and  

accessible  

area  

for  

spectators  

of  

any  

age  

to  

enjoy  

watching  

their  

local  

football  

team  

with  

no  

physical

barriers

Andy  

Penman  

of  

Penicuik  

Athletic  

said  

‘As  

the  

local  

'senior'  

football  

club  

we  

attract  

an  

average  

crowd  

of  

c250  

and  

among

their  

number  

are  

people  

of  

all  

ages  

and  

needs.  

Our  

facilities  

for  

these  

supporters  

are  

very  

limited  

and  

in  

order  

to  

improve  

the

'experience'  

and  

'safety'  

of  

supporters  

who  

may  

e.g.be  

physically  

or  

visually  

impaired  

or  

may  

even  

just  

require  

a  

seat  

to

watch  

football  

this  

project  

is  

important  

to  

our  

football  

club  

to  

allow  

our  

'support'  

to  

be  

all  

inclusive  

with  

no  

barriers  

in  

place  

to

stop  

anyone  

watching  

their  

local  

football  

team.  

It  

will  

also  

provide  

the  

same  

facilities  

for  

visiting  

or  

neutral  

supporters  

who

wish  

to  

watch  

their  

team  

or  

just  

watch  

football.’  

‘The  

specially  

created  

accessible  

viewing  

area  

with  

space  

for  

wheelchair

users  

and  

their  

assistants  

along  

with  

a  

small  

seated  

area  

for  

use  

by  

those  

who  

cannot  

stand  

for  

the  

full  

duration  

of  

a  

football

match  

will  

be  

a  

welcome  

addition  

to  

our  

facilities  

for  

those  

suppporters.’  

‘This  

development  

will  

complement  

our  

ongoing

ground improvement plan which include the provision of an 'Accessible Toilet' and designated 'Accessible Parking'.’

Voting  

is  

open  

at  

Tesco  

Penicuik  

in  

January  

and  

February.  

Customers  

will  

cast  

their  

vote  

using  

a  

token  

given  

to  

them  

at  

the

check-out  

in  

store  

each  

time  

they  

shop.  

Bags  

of  

Help  

project  

has  

already  

delivered  

over  

£63  

million  

to  

more  

than  

20,000

projects  

across  

Britain.  

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.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said:

“Bags  

of  

Help  

has  

been  

a  

fantastic  

success  

and  

we’ve  

been  

overwhelmed  

by  

the  

response  

from  

customers.  

It’s  

such  

a

special  

scheme  

because  

it’s  

local  

people  

who  

decide  

how  

the  

money  

will  

be  

spent  

in  

their  

community.  

There  

are  

some

fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Emma Halliday, Community Enabler Coordinator at Greenspace Scotland, said:

“Bags  

of  

Help  

continues  

to  

enable  

local  

communities  

up  

and  

down  

Britain  

to  

improve  

the  

local  

spaces  

and  

places  

that  

matter

to  

them.  

The  

diversity  

of  

projects  

that  

are  

being  

funded  

shows  

that  

local  

communities  

have  

a  

passion  

to  

create  

something

great  

in  

their  

area.  

We  

are  

pleased  

to  

be  

able  

to  

be  

a  

part  

of  

the  

journey  

and  

provide  

support  

and  

encouragement  

to  

help

local communities thrive.”

Funding  

is  

available  

to  

community  

groups  

and  

charities  

looking  

to  

fund  

local  

projects  

that  

bring  

benefits  

to  

communities.

Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

* The Bags of Help initiative is supported by money raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores.

*  

So  

far  

Bags  

of  

Help  

has  

awarded  

£63  

million  

to  

more  

than  

20,000  

community  

projects.  

*  

For  

more  

information  

please  

visit:

www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

Contact:

Andy Penman, Penicuik Athletic Football Club, 07506 516743 or

penicuikathletic@outlook.com

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