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Funding helps Holyhead Hawks Rugby Club out of a ruck

A Holyhead-based community group, Holyhead Hawks Junior Rugby Club, has received a £4,000 donation thanks to Tesco’s Bags of Help Scheme and the generosity of the town’s shoppers.

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The funding for the sports group, which caters for children aged between 6 and 16, has gone towards providing a new volunteer development course, new equipment and overall improvements for the benefit of local children. The club, which is consistently growing, aims to give everyone in the local area the opportunity to play and enjoy rugby irrespective of their background.

Terry Pendlebury, Holyhead Junior Rugby Chairman, said: “The grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme has been crucial in giving us vital funding to support the day to day running of the club. It’s opportunities like these that are fundamental in keeping the club going. Essentially, it’s a team of dedicated volunteers that run the group, and without this we wouldn’t be able to exist.


“The funding has given us the security that we need for the year ahead, meaning that we can continue to support dozens of children every week. Who knows, we may even find our next Welsh superstar here in Holyhead!”

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which awards grants to thousands of local community projects every year.

Rhodri Evans, Tesco’s communications manager for Wales, said: “The funding for Holyhead Hawks Junior Rugby Club is a brilliant example of how communities can benefit from the Bags of Help scheme. It’s brilliant that the project is bringing people together and giving young people a platform to succeed at such an early age.

“We’re really looking forward to supporting even more great Holyhead projects in the future. Across Wales we have now given more than £5million in grants through the Bags of Help scheme and I would urge any group that is doing work to benefit their local community apply.”

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £79 million to more than 26,000 projects all over the UK.

Customers are able to vote for a Bags of Help project in store using a blue token given to them at the check-out. At the end of voting period, votes are collected and three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.