Co-operative venture saves environment and boosts local club

Shaun Moat - celebrating funding boost from Co-Operative Stores
Shaun Moat – celebrating funding boost from Co-Operative Stores

CARRIER BAG SALES at a local supermarket has proven to be a boost for the environment – and for a local sports club.

Forres Area Soccer Sevens have been awarded a £500 donation from the Co-op Community Fund, who use cash generated through the compulsory levy on carrier bags in their stores.

In total, the Co-Op will distribute over £750,000 with their managing director, John McNeill, saying that as a ‘community retailer’ their aim is to make a difference locally.

He said: “The Co-op shares the aspiration of seeing a reduction in the number of single-use carrier bags in circulation.

“In addition, hundreds of local groups and organisations are set to receive a much needed funding boost – together, we are reducing, reusing, recycling and, reinvesting in our communities.”

The Forres group made the final three in a shortlist that was voted on by Co-Op members.

Soccer 7’s chairman Shaun Moat said: “We are really pleased that local Co-Op members have voted for us and that we have come out top. The money will be used for further enhancement of the equipment we have purchased for this forthcoming season.”