Bedford’s Banner Parade

Bedford High School students Shenea Jackson, Denise Katyneiwiecz, Chloe Wilde and Leah Bishop are 'pitch perfect' at the Leigh Centurions' match with Olympic Torch-bearer Derek Howarth, Parky Pig and Roger Ram.
Bedford High School students Shenea Jackson, Denise Katyneiwiecz, Chloe Wilde and Leah Bishop are 'pitch perfect' at the Leigh Centurions' match with Olympic Torch-bearer Derek Howarth, Parky Pig and Roger Ram.
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CREATIVE students from Bedford High School took to the field at Leigh Sports Village stadium just before the kick-off of a game earlier this month.

The young people from Year 7 and 8 have been busy designing their very own Olympic-themed banners for Bedford’s recent Olympic Sports Day celebrations.

And the reward for all their hard work was a lap of honour in front of the home fans at the Centurions recent tussle with the Dewsbury Rams.

As part of Bedford’s Learning Olympiad, students were set the task of creating banners to represent the countries taking part in the London Summer Olympics. The finished designs took pride of place during the opening ceremony of Bedford’s Sports Day.

Guests of honour at the school’s sports day were Leigh Centurions’ Chief Executive Trevor Barton MBE and Head Coach Paul Rowley, who presented medals to the winning competitors.

The pair were so impressed with the banner designs that they offered the students the chance to parade them at the Centurions’ ground, along with tickets to watch the game.

And they couldn’t have picked a better game than the Centurions thrilling 50 – 6 drubbing of Dewsbury!

The Bedford students were joined on the pitch by 80 year-old Olympic Torch bearer Derek Howarth, the Centurions’ mascot Parky Pig and Dewsbury Rams’ mascot Roger Ram.

Centurions’ chief Trevor Barton said: “It was a great start to a fantastic evening of rugby. The Bedford students have worked hard and did themselves and their school proud.

“Leigh Centurions is a club for the whole community and we’re always keen to forge greater links between the team and the town’s schools. We are really fortunate to have such an enthusiastic school as Bedford as a partner and we are looking to do a lot more work with the school in the near future.”

Bedford High School, a specialist business and enterprise college, has prepared a full calendar of events to commemorate both the 2012 games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The school is using these events to help it achieve coveted International School Status.

Bedford High Headteacher Stephen Preston said: “We are delighted to have finished this academic year on such a high note and we’re really grateful for the support from the Leigh Centurions. We now want to use this partnership to explore how we can work with the team to help develop Leigh’s next generation of Rugby League talent, so watch this space!”