PUPILS from Westleigh High School in Leigh will ‘take over’ the Leigh Centurions v Whitehaven match on Sunday March 29 to raise awareness of breast cancer.
The event is part of a new skills programme run by the Kingstone Press Championship club’s community partners, Leigh Community Trust.
The project aims to increase the employability of over 250 13-19 year old residents within the borough of Leigh by providing better access to opportunities to improve their levels of qualifications and life skills.
As part of the programme, participants have been undertaking an ASDAN Enterprise qualification in which they have to design and implement an enterprise event.
The event is a first for a Championship club, to allow a group of 13- and 14-year-old children to design, implement and deliver the entertainment and promotion of one of their matchdays.
The pupils have already presented their ideas to the club’s operations director and received the full backing of the board.
The day will have a pink theme and organisers are asking fans to dress in pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Matchday sponsor Audi have also got behind the campaign and will be have a bright pink A1 at Leigh Sports Village to promote the day.
There will be a number of activities outside the stadium, including Westleigh High’s live Soul band and dancers, bouncy castles and an F1 simulator donated free of charge by AB sundecks for the day.
Skye Mountford, a Year 9 pupil from Westleigh High School said: “It’s a charity that is close to me personally and to a lot of people in the local community. It would be great to see the people of Leigh get behind this great cause and help support the team.”
Mick Nanyn, New Skills Inclusion Officer, commented on the programme: “The children have taken really well to designing the matchday, I think it really helps with it being an actual event.
“They have worked hard over the last couple of months to make sure that they don’t let the charity (Breast Cancer Awareness) or the club down. We are sure it will be a great day for the whole of the community and urge people to get down to Leigh Sports Village on Sunday March 29 from 1.00pm.”