Horsford F.C. is delighted to announce it has bagged £4,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £40 million to over 9,700 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed Horsford F.C. has been awarded £4,000.

Work will now begin on completing the project.

The mobile regeneration project at our base at Horsford Primary School has really taken shape over the summer. The facility now has 2 toilets, changing rooms, and a kitchen. We’ll now look to clad the outside of the building, as well as install benches in the changing rooms.

Chris Brown, Chairman of Horsford F.C., said: “We’re delighted to have received £4,000 from the Bags of Help scheme. A massive thank you to everyone that dropped a token in for us, to enable us to come first. In the coming months, the windows are set to be replaced, outside of the building cladded, and benches installed in the changing rooms.”

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, 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. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout September and October with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK 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.