Local football club Tondu United recently benefited from Tesco’s Bags of Help community scheme after a vote by the supermarket’s customers in Bridgend chose the club alongside fellow beneficiaries Bridge Mentoring Scheme (which supports vulnerable young people) and Cowbridge Community Allotments.
The three groups each won funding for community projects from the carrier-bag tax scheme, which is funded by the sale of carrier bags in store, and were recently invited to the store to celebrate.
Tondu Football Club has received a £1,990 grant which will be spent on equipment and a training education course for their volunteers. Three members of the under 9’s team, who are sponsored by ITCS, joined the store alongside representatives from Bridge Mentoring Scheme, who received £4,000 to grant disabled access to their garden and Cowbridge Community Allotments, who received £1,000 to purchase a large poly-tunnel, which will benefit allotment users.
Three of the young players from the squad enjoyed meeting the Tesco GM Manager, Gareth Jeffries, Lynn Young, Tesco People Manager and Nikki Edwards, Tesco Community Champion as well as other representatives Laura Thomas (Bridge Mentoring) and Charles Champion (Cowbridge Allotments):
Proud Mum, Amanda Deere said:
“The boys train really hard and it’s great that Tesco and the local community want to support them. Young as they are, they value all the support they receive and who knows, we could have a future Gareth Bale in the team! At this age, their passion for the game is high anyway, but with the right training the team can develop their skills as well. This money will make a huge difference to the team and as parents, we are really grateful to Tesco customers for giving them the opportunity.”