from Tesco bag deal

Clubs urged to ap­ply for cash gen­er­ated by car­rier bag sales

Angling Times (UK) - - NEWS - MARK PECK Se­nior re­porter

ANGLING clubs and fish­eries across the UK are be­ing urged to come for­ward and ap­ply for mil­lions of pounds of free cash which is be­ing raised from the sale of Tesco car­rier bags.

More than £12m is up for grabs as part of the Bags of Help scheme, cre­ated to fund en­vi­ron­men­tal and green space projects across the coun­try.

The scheme, which is be­ing run by the char­ity, Ground­work, on be­half of the su­per­mar­ket gi­ant, is funded ev­ery time some­one buys a 5p car­rier bag at Tesco.

Hun­dreds of projects have ben­e­fited by as much as £12,000 since the scheme be­gan in Oc­to­ber last year.

Huddersfield-based Learn2­fish has al­ready suc­cess­fully ap­plied for a pot of cash.

The project, to in­tro­duce young­sters and the dis­abled to the sport at the club’s Wood­house Mill Ponds fish­ery, will get at least £8,000 in im­prove­ment grants.

Project di­rec­tor Steve Kelly is now urg­ing other clubs to fol­low suit. He told Angling Times: “It’s re­ally sim­ple – you just go on the

Bags of Help web­site, fill out the form and then, if you’re el­i­gi­ble, shop­pers will vote for your project in store to de­ter­mine how much cash you get.

“It’s hard to put into words what such a grant can do – we are build­ing a dip­ping pond for stu­dents as well as im­prov­ing dis­abled ac­cess at the fish­ery.

“There are not many clubs nowa­days awash with cash, so this kind of grant can go a long way to in­creas­ing angling par­tic­i­pa­tion at all lev­els.

“Its not just the money which we will be ben­e­fit­ing from ei­ther. We have seen loads more in­ter­est in would-be an­glers and com­mu­nity groups who want to try fish­ing be­cause of the pub­lic­ity the scheme has gen­er­ated for us.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the next round of fund­ing are now open, and bosses at the scheme are urg­ing projects to come for­ward and ap­ply, in­clud­ing those from angling.

Gra­ham Duxbury, Ground­work UK chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “Bags of Help is help­ing to cre­ate bet­ter and greener places for ev­ery­one to en­joy across the coun­try.

“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have ap­plied for fund­ing – from com­mu­nity gar­dens to angling projects and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

“Now the scheme is per­ma­nently open for ap­pli­ca­tions, and be­cause grants can now be used for the de­vel­op­ment of lo­cal out­door spa­ces, we ex­pect angling groups like Learn2­fish will now have an even greater chance to ben­e­fit.”

“This kind of grant can help to in­crease angling par­tic­i­pa­tion at all lev­els”

Steve Kelly in Tesco: “It’s so sim­ple.”

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