This year, Tesco for Schools and Clubs is celebrating its 21st anniversary, and Sir George went to Tesco in River Way in Andover to hand over the computing equipment, together with the sports equipment which complements the Tesco Skills Programme.
"Since this programme began, Tesco nationally have provided over 45,000 schools and clubs with £185 million worth of essential equipment. I know that schools in my own constituency have benefited, and the presentation today to four local schools is welcome evidence of the link between firms based in the town and schools and colleges"
Roman Way, Knights Enham and Vigo Junior and Infants attended the presentation, and the store manager Matt Beale, explained the background to the scheme. Customers at the store collect vouchers, which are then sent to the school of their choice, and, in turn, these vouchers purchase computers and related equipment to improve the facilities in the school.
Below is what the Store Manager, Matt Beale, said:
Tesco for Schools and Clubs was introduced in 2009 to bring together the best of Computers for Schools and Sport for Schools and Clubs. Since 1992 these three schemes have delivered equipment worth £185 million to schools and clubs across the UK and we are aiming to give away a further £10 million this year.
Tesco’s commitment within our local community is at the heart of our business. Here at Andover Extra we have a designated employee, Debby Hudson who is our Community Champion.
Debby like our other Community Champions across Britain, supports our local Community Groups, Schools and Charities from helping with their fund raising events to arranging for them to come into store and bag pack, where they have raised hundreds of pounds for their respective causes whilst also organising events and fund raising for our charity of the year Cancer Research UK.
At a national level we have chosen a different charity each year since 1988 to be ‘Tesco’s Charity of the Year’. We look at the causes the charity raises money for, so you know the money raised will make a difference to those in need in our local community and around the UK.
Tesco’s staff have helped raise over £62 million for our various ‘Charities of the Year’. Alzheimer’s Society was our ‘Charity of the Year’ last year and as a company we raised a staggering £7.7 million. As from April this year our ‘Charity of the Year’ is Cancer Research UK and by aiming to raise £10 million we will be helping more people survive cancer and keep more families together.
Since 2002, Tesco staff have helped raise an amazing £7.6 million through Race for Life. This year we have agreed to support Race for Life for the next three years and during this time we will be aiming to generate another £3 million through sponsorship, corporate donation and staff fund raising.
When you go back to your schools if you would like to visit tescoplc.com/corporate-responsibility you can find out about other Tesco in the Community projects and initiatives such as …… Together with Trees which is a partnership with the RSPB to save the rainforests in Sumatra and Sierra Leone as well as supporting projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Thailand and Montserrat.
There is also ‘Tesco Great School Run’ where since 2005 over 6 million children have taken part or ‘The FA Tesco Skills Programme’ which was introduced in 2007 and to date the programme has provided 3.6 million places on football skills courses and will provide 4.7 million places by 2014, giving boys and girls across England an experience we hope will stay with them for life.