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Morton in the Community 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 £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores – being awarded to local community projects. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland

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.

Morton in the Community is one of the groups on the shortlist.

The Greenock Morton Numeracy Trail uses the home of Greenock Morton Football Club, Cappielow Park, as an alternative and unique learning environment.

Children in primary school will be challenged to develop their skills in numeracy. This might involve taking part in our ‘Squad Numbers Challenge’ in the dressing rooms, completing ‘Money Management’ tasks in the Club Shop, or supporting the groundsman complete the ‘Distance and Dimension’ measurements on the football pitch.

Young participants will investigate the important role mathematics plays in the everyday running of Greenock Morton FC.

Gordon McKillop, Education, Employability and Operations Manager at Morton Community comments: “We’re delighted to be selected by the Tesco Bags of Help initiative which is playing a part in allowing our ideas to come to life. The Greenock Morton Numeracy Trail, like our Literacy Trail, is unique in the sense children come to Cappielow learn with the board room, pitch and changing rooms becoming the alternative classroom for the day.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout November and December. 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 £36 million to nearly 8,000 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.

Tony McElroy, Tesco’s Head of Communications in Scotland, said:

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

Emma Halliday, Community Enabler Coordinator at greenspace scotland, 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

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