£5,000 up for grabs for Ribble Valley groups

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A LOCAL sporting, youth or active leisure organisation could be awarded a massive £5,000 grant by The Mall, at Blackburn.

A campaign is being run as part of the “Mall Cares” initiative to reward the hard work of teams, charities or companies that promote exercise and a healthy lifestyle, as well as providing excellent sporting activities for the stars of tomorrow.

These can include dance troops, swimming clubs, skateboarding groups, football teams, martial arts organisations, basketball teams, rock climbing clubs, hockey teams or any other organisation classed as sports or active leisure.

Local people are being urged to nominate deserving groups for under-21s and three shortlisted ones will then compete in a public vote for a £5,000 charitable grant.

All suggestions submitted before Monday, February 6th, will be counted and the six organisations which receive the most nominations will be whittled down to three by The Mall’s judging panel.

Then the battle to win the £5,000 grant will commence. Every shopper who spends £20 in The Mall between February 13th and September 10th will get a token with which to vote for his or her preferred organisation. The one receiving the most votes will be crowned the champion while the two runners-up will each receive £300 in recognition of their work.

Loraine Jones, general manager at The Mall Blackburn, said: “It’s vital we support those grass roots organisations nurturing the sporting champions of the future.

“Throughout what is undoubtedly a hugely important year for sport throughout the UK our Mall Cares Initiative will focus on making a real difference to young people in Lancashire, giving them a greater opportunity to engage in sport and exercise.

“We hope our shoppers will get behind this campaign and we look forward to rewarding the people’s chosen organisation.”

To nominate a local sporting organisation for the campaign please visit the Ask Me Point at The Mall Blackburn or visit: www.themall.co.uk/sign-up/mall-champions-nominations.aspx