Macclesfield youngsters set to win £400 reward for their school

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ONE lucky Macclesfield school is in with the chance of winning £400 worth of resources after a shopping centre launched a new token reward scheme.

Ten schools are in the running for this year’s prize after they linked up with the town’s Grosvenor Centre for its Shop for School scheme.

Shoppers who spend at least £10 in participating stores will be handed a token, which they can drop into one of ten boxes for the school they wish to vote for. The boxes will be next to Don Miller’s bakery until the end of November.

Grosvenor Centre manager Ed Kennedy said: “We launched this scheme last year as we wanted to give one of the schools in our town a boost. It was won by Ash Grove Academy and the scheme was very well received by our shoppers who obviously thought it was a terrific idea, given the huge amount of votes cast, so we decided to run it again this year.

“The Grosvenor Centre is at the heart of Macclesfield’s community and we welcome many families with school age children through our doors. While doing their regular shopping with us, they will also have the chance to vote for the school which they would like to win the prizes.

“We’re delighted to hear that pupils from Ash Grove Academy are making great use of the sports equipment by taking part in competitions and hopefully encouraging a sports star of the future.”

The schools that shoppers can vote for this year are Hurdsfield Primary School, Puss Bank School, Mottram Academy, Ash Grove Academy, Prestbury CE Primary School, Marton and District CE Primary School, Whirley Primary School, Bollinbrook CE Primary School, St John Evangelist Primary School and Gawsworth Primary School.

Ed Kennedy, manager of the Grosvenor Centre in Macclesfield, with pupils from Ash Grove Academy primary school, winners of last year’s  Shop for Schools contest,

Ed Kennedy, manager of the Grosvenor Centre in Macclesfield, with pupils from Ash Grove Academy primary school, winners of last year’s Shop for Schools contest,

After winning last year, pupils at Ash Grove Academy were canvassed to find out what they would like, and as a result the school bought basketball and netball equipment, which head teacher Heather Jackson says has been very successful.

“It has certainly fuelled the children’s spirit and drive for sport and sporting competitions,” said Ms Jackson, adding the school will be entering the Shop for Schools contest again this year.

“Our pupils have been participating in competitions against other schools, hosted by Macclesfield Academy. In addition, we have competitions within the school, and these are judged by PE staff from Macclesfield Academy, with the winners receiving trampolining skills lessons.

“Our school appreciates the support from the local organisation and would like to thank them in advance for the opportunity to take part again.”

Fellow Macclesfield primary schools Christ The King and Parkroyal Community School also took part in last year’s Shop for Schools scheme and both received £30 of vouchers for sports equipment.

The 2015 Shop for School scheme will run until November 30, with the prizes awarded when all the votes are counted up. Shoppers will be able to vote as many times as they like.

Macclesfield’s Grosvenor Centre, open daily, is home to 36 stores from fashion, health and beauty to services and food and drink.

More details on the Shop for School scheme at

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