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Wellfield Business College and Leyland CC successful in obtaining funding

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Mark Cookson (third) and Dave Rees (right) Mark Cookson (third) and Dave Rees (right)

Chance to Shine funding sees Wellfield Business College and Leyland CC benefit from a new Non-Turf Pitch.

In 2009 Wellfield Business & Enterprise College was highlighted by Leyland Cricket Club to become one of it’s the feeder schools. The school signed up to the Chance to Shine cricket programme and received cricket coaching from Lancashire Cricket Board’s Community Cricket Development Coach Mark Cookson. Coaching took place during both curriculum time and afterschool sessions.

Earlier this year the school received funding from Chance to Shine to allow the laying of an artificial cricket wicket. This facility will be used by the school, Leyland Cricket Club and the South Ribble District Cricket Development Group, as well as other schools and the wider community.

Mark said: “The school saw this as a great opportunity to add another sport to the many they already play at the school. As a former pupil of the school I am personally very pleased to be able to coach and assist the school in obtaining this new facility.”

Dave Rees (Leyland CC Chairman) commented: “The cricket club have been impressed with the way the Chance to Shine programme has gone and are extremely grateful to the school for allowing them to use the facilities during the cricket season as a venue for the 3rd and 4th teams. We are very appreciative of the funding provided by Chance to Shine.”

Wellfield Head Teacher  Piers Tolson added: "The new wicket is a fantastic addition to our facilities that will benefit our students and the community well in to the future."

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