Added on: 16th May, 2017 by Lee_13896
Middlesbrough football legend Alan Peacock today gave his backing to a new programme aimed at giving away thousands of pounds to sporting groups and individuals in the region.
Alan, who scored 125 goals for Boro between 1954 and 1964, said he was “proud” to be supporting Persimmon Homes’ new Healthy Communities initiative.
Persimmon, the UK’s leading housebuilder, is giving away more than £600,000 to sporting causes across the UK over the next 10 months.
Persimmon Healthy Communities is aimed at amateur sports teams and individuals aged 21 years and under in England, Wales and Scotland.
Every month each of Persimmon’s 30 regional businesses – including offices in Stockton, Bowburn and Gosforth – will hand out £750 to either an individual or sportsperson in the area.
Then in January 2018 Persimmon’s 30 businesses will then choose a team or individual to represent them in the grand final.
An online public vote will decide the overall winner, with one individual or group scooping the £200,000 top prize to create a lasting legacy and two runners-up winning £50,000 each. The other 27 finalists will win £5,000 each.
The new fund is in addition to the £720,000 the company already donates through its hugely successful Community Champions programme each year.
Alan said: “This new scheme will help fund a wide range of sports in the UK. It’s so important to encourage young people to get fit and stay active.
“I want to wish everyone the very best of luck with their applications. The competition will create a lasting legacy for one individual or team.”
Joan Peart, head of sales for Persimmon Homes Teesside, said the new campaign was aimed at giving back to the communities in which the company operates.
She added: “We’ve already seen first-hand what our Community Champions programme delivers to groups and charities. This new programme is aimed at creating a lasting legacy for young people who love sport and the volunteers who help to deliver it.
“Everyone who enters from May to December, regardless of whether they win a monthly prize, will be considered as a finalist.
“We are looking for sports teams and individuals who have amazing ideas on how to spend £200,000 to come forward. We will consider anything from new clubhouses, to training centres, facilities or gyms or it may be people want to spend the cash on the development of future Olympians. We’re very excited to see the projects that are put forward.”
To find out more to enter the competition visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.