Tesco Bags of Help

North Kelvin Sports Development Group calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund!

North Kelvin Sports are 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 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.

North Kelvin Sports are one of the groups on the shortlist.

North Kelvin Sports are requesting funding support to provide club members with additional equipment, training kit, team uniforms and match day strips without the cost being passed on to club members. The club do not believe that the young people should be priced out of playing football, nor should they miss out on the additional extras that help to build team spirit, develop camaraderie and create a sense of belonging.  Funding support for clubs like ours IS essential due to the rising costs of grassroots community football in Scotland.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in July until August. 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 £52 million to more than 16,000 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:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. 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:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

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: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp


  • The Bags of Help initiative is supported by money raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores.

  • So far Bags of Help has awarded £52 million to more than 16,000 community projects.

  • For more information please visit: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp


Bridges & Barriers Promotional Video

What we are currently doing

In partnership with Active Schools we are expanding delivery of our Bridges & Barriers After School workshops and sport sessions city-wide aiming to increase footprint in Glasgow as well as welcoming back previous school partnerships. We are also targeting isolated schools so they do not miss out on the opportunity.

We are also complimenting curricular work already delivered by schools and Sense Over Sectarianism by introducing educational resource activities from the novel Divided City to the current workshop format. 

In 2018-2019 we are going to be working In partnership with a council and Active Schools out-with Glasgow City Council to deliver a B&B pilot after-school block of workshops and sport sessions. In addition, we are aiming to work In partnership with a large community football organisation and Active Schools out-with Scotland's 'Central Belt' to deliver a B&B pilot after-school block of workshops and sport sessions. We will complete our project by hosting our annual B&B city-wide Anti-Sectarianism Primary School Football Festival.

Bridges & Barriers Promotional Video

Bridges & Barriers - City-Wide School Football Festival


Our 2017-2018 end of project B&B Festival took place on Thursday 22nd March 2018 and was hailed a huge success by all involved.  14 out of the 30 partner schools (46%) participated in the B&B Football Festival. However, the enthusiasm with which the schools, pupils and Active Schools Coordinators (ASC) brought to the event was very encouraging. 83 pupils in total attended which saw 26 Girls and 57 Boys take part. Our percentage of girls involved in the project increased from 8% at the start to 40% towards the end. We hope to increase this further in the future to reach a more diverse school demographic to pass on the message of anti-sectarianism awareness.

We aim to have a higher percentage of schools at the festival next time and to make it an annual event on all ASC and school calendars. As we didn’t know how many schools would sign up for the project we didn’t know how many schools we were able to include until the end of January once we got our last schools signed up.  This makes the achievement of engaging with the pupils, schools and ASC with the B&B project stand out more as it is the biggest B&B Festival we have ever held. 


We have successfully developed trust and communication with the Glasgow Active Schools (AS) team (NW, NE & S) which is the main reason for the project achieving a city-wide approach. These new schools and AS Coordinators have never worked with us before and have been getting to know us and the project as it progressed. We thank them for their great efforts and can look forward to more support to help us expand the project.

Alongside the partnership success of working closely with Active Schools Glasgow and PEPASS we also must acknowledge that NKSDG have now organised our biggest B&B Festival yet. As many schools as possible attended and the event was a positive experience for all involved. Many schools struggled due to short staffing issues but those that attended were very enthusiastic to play football with other pupils from other schools in the project.

The schools represented at the Festival were: St Charles (played with Oakgrove pupils); St Marys (played with Sandaig pupils) ; Bankhead; St Rochs & Royston; Whiteinch & St Paul’s; Riverside & St Saviours; Avenue End (played with Royston pupils); 2 teams from St Josephs & Oakgrove; Sandaig; and St Francis of Assisi.


You can read Twitter posts and more from the Festival below:


“Brilliant morning of football at the Bridges & Barriers Anti sectarian event. @RiversideGovan @StSavioursGovan #Teamwork. Thanks to Andy and his team” (@activeschoolsAD)

See below for tweet from St Francis of Assisi following the B&B Festival at their School Assembly:


“At assembly we celebrated our #Bridges&Barriers footballers who were recently awarded their fair play award! We are so proud of our footballers! Thank you for a fantastic festival” (@sfaosport)

All the pupils from St Rochs & Royston & Avenue End got on very well with each other and contributed well in their sessions as well as really going the extra mile at the B&B Festival.  Their ASC was a great help to us and to the pupils and schools with Fraser driving the minibus and transporting the pupils from Royston and Avenue End to and from the Festival venue. This is a great example to other ASC about how they can help everyone and allow the pupils opportunities to be involved in more.  Many schools struggled with lack of staff for adult supervision to accompany the children from the B&B Project to the B&B Festival. Some examples of how well the pupils worked with others is below:


“Great to see Avenue End & Royston pupils working so well together at the Bridges & Barriers Football Festival today! Fantastic attitude from everyone involved!” (@fraser_active)


“Ave End/Royston v St Rochs/Royston at the Bridges & Barriers Football Festival. Pupils having great fun!”


Super Soccer was the venue for the Festival, chosen for 4 indoor pitches and a central location. The logistics involved for us, the schools and ASC was considerable and was a great collective effort from all involved.  We would look to make this an annual city-wide event at a larger indoor football venue to accommodate more schools such as SoccerWorld which has 7 indoor pitches.


ASC, pupils, school assistants and NKSDG staff were video interviewed by Lisa Gallacher from Youthlink Scotland and Action on Sectarianism. Watch this space and our Facebook and Twitter pages later this year for the promotional video once it is complete!

In addition, Lisa also filmed at a B&B school session later the same day as the Festival.  This will add to the video showing more of the project than just the Festival at the end. Lisa is creating a B&B promotional video from this project which will help us massively in terms of getting our message to a wider community and expand our footprint. 

B&B has allowed children of denominational and non-denominational schools to come together and create friendships without the barriers or the stigma attached to attending these schools. In addition, as in all sessions, there were children of many different cultural backgrounds.