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Cash help for inclusive sport activities in Hambleton

Published on Monday, 17th September 2018

Cash help for inclusive sports activities in Hambleton

A programme which develops inclusive sports activities in Hambleton has received a cash boost.

Tesco’s in Northallerton has awarded the district council £2,000 from its ‘Bags of Help’ scheme – where it uses the money raised from carrier bag sales to fund local projects. Customers then vote in store with blue tokens for the project they want the money to go to.

“The grant will be used to purchase more equipment for our multi-sport activities which are fully inclusive sessions for people regardless of their physical or mental ability,” said Councillor Mrs Bridget Fortune, portfolio holder for Leisure.

“We are very grateful to everyone who voted for this scheme in Tesco’s at Northallerton, Thirsk and Bedale and look forward to extending the inclusive sports programme. As well as improving the health and wellbeing of people, these sessions look to help address the social isolation and loneliness that many of our residents face.”

The grant will also pay to set up two new Primetime Groups -  an initiative predominantly aimed at older people which helps reduce isolation through locally-based, low intensity, fully inclusive sports such as Boccia and New Age Curling.

Two events celebrating inclusive sport will also be delivered during the next 12 months with the funding.

To find out more contact Joe McKechnie, Inclusive Sport Officer – [email protected]


Heather Small, Community Champion for Tesco Northallerton is pictured presenting the cheque to Cllr Mrs Bridget Fortune and members of Hambleton Boccia Club.

  • 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