Watford FC's CSE Trust calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

The Trust 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 up to £4,000, up to £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

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.

The Trust is one of the groups on the shortlist with the community project of Meriden Community Centre’s playground. Having recently refurbished the community hub in North Watford, the Trust are now looking to bring new life to its playground area.

In line with Watford FC’s Community Sports & Education Trust’s vision to ‘improve lives and enhance communities’ the purpose of this project is to create a high quality and sustainable pre-school play area that combines a healthy balance of structured and unstructured play, whilst allowing children to experience and care for the natural environment.

Steve Williams, Head of Facilities and Inclusion at Watford FC CSE Trust, said;


“We believe that these environmental improvements would not only enhance the lives of local people but create a sense of ownership and opportunities that encourage communication between local residents breaking down barriers and increasing social cohesion. We thank anyone who is able to support us in our quest for funding for this playground.”


Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout January and February. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

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


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


 “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”


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