Prior Park aims to bag a share of Tesco funding

Prior Park First School in Tweedmouth is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Thursday, 15th September 2016, 12:22 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 12:59 pm
Prior Park First School pupils need your support.

The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative, which sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Three groups in each of Tesco’s 416 regions have been shortlisted to receive the cash award.

Shoppers are now being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Prior Park First School is one of the groups on the shortlist and its project, Natural Play and Discovery, is part of a whole school plan to develop the school grounds as a safe, supportive, natural setting.

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It is well documented that time spent outside in play and discovery is beneficial to physical and mental wellbeing however old you are and the school would like to encourage good habits in its pupils from an early age.

Prior Park First School has extensive grounds that offer space but little opportunity for climbing, a key part of children’s physical development, problem solving and reasoning skills.

With the grant from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative, the school aims for the children to be able to use this space all year round, to have a basic structure to climb, as a meeting point for social interaction and to further develop learning in the outdoors.

Pauline Molloy, headteacher, said: “We are delighted to have made the shortlist for this grant to develop our school grounds. It is our ethos as a school to support our pupils and their families to be the best they can and support their learning and development in a way that inspires reluctant learners, builds confidence and provides multiple opportunities for achievement and recognition.”

Voting is open from September 26 to October 9. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out.

This is the second round of the initiative: the first round saw approximately eight million shoppers vote in stores up and down the country earlier this year.

Berwick Town Council secured £12,000 in the first round for play park improvements at Grove Gardens South.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “The first round of the Bags of Help initiative was a fantastic success.

“In total 1,170 community groups were awarded £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 - that’s a massive £11.7 million being invested into local projects.

“We are already seeing some great results from groups transforming their own environmental and greenspace areas.

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for round two. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s national Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help is giving our communities both the funding and the support to create better, healthier and greener places for everyone to enjoy.

“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.

“They’re all fantastic projects that make a real difference in our neighbourhoods.

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