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Tesco Community Fund supports Mitchelstown Tennis Club’s stars of the future

Mitchelstown Tennis Club has been a permanent fixture in the community of Mitchelstown since 1892. With almost one hundred members including families, adults, students, and juniors the club is growing for the future.

However one of the challenges facing the club is fundraising, which can often be difficult especially for non-mainstream sports like tennis compared to GAA, soccer and rugby. Through support from the Tesco Community Fund Mitchelstown Tennis Club has successfully launched “After School Tennis” and “Sunday Morning Smashers” which has attracted lots of new members.

Chairman of the club, Michael Rea, explains the idea behind starting these new coaching sessions: “The goal is to introduce tennis in a fun easy-going manner to kids from 4 to 12. It gives them an opportunity to take part in weekly tennis coaching sessions and it helps to introduce children into a sport which is a true sport for life. It has proven to be a great success with local families.”

“We rely heavily on volunteers, for example our Sunday Morning Smashers is 100% volunteer lead.  The Tesco Community fund has enabled the club to purchase equipment including junior tennis rackets, soft balls, ladders, mini nets, training cones, and most importantly helped towards the costs of child safety compliance training and certification for volunteers.“

The Tesco Community Fund is helping thousands of local causes right across Ireland, donating over €2.4 million to over 9,000 local projects since 2014. This week Tesco stores will present 450 local good causes with €120,000 worth of donations from the Community Fund, enabling them to make a big difference in communities’ right across Ireland.

Area Community Champion for Tesco Cork stores, Aoife Dilworth said: “We are delighted to be able to support amazing groups like the Sunday Morning Smashers of Mitchelstown Tennis Club. The fund is open to a wide variety of good causes or groups from schools to scouts so if you think you know a local organisation that could benefit from some extra funding, please nominate them in store or online today. And don’t forget to vote for your preferred cause each time you shop using your blue token, because it really does make a difference.” 

Tesco customers can simply fill out a nomination form in store and every 8 weeks, three local causes will be selected for the Tesco Community Fund. Customers can also nominate a cause online via: www.tesco.ie/communityfund. And at the end of each phase, blue token votes are counted and up to €1,000 is shared proportionally between the three local causes.  Further information and criteria for entry is available on www.tesco.ie/communityfund.