Atherton Community High School has become the latest to sign up to the Centurions High School Partnership, which is run in conjunction with Leigh Community Trust.

Atherton Community High School will have its own designated Player Ambassadors, Tom Armstrong and Ben Reynolds, who will take three coaching sessions per year, and will be present at the school’s presentation evening. The school will also benefit from the Centurions Respect Assembly, which has been formulated to combat all kinds of bullying.

Leigh Centurions Community Representative Hannah Forbes said:

“I’d like to thank and welcome onboard Atherton Community, Ms Lancellott and the pupils for such a warm welcome when we arrived. Ben and Tom were really impressed with the Year 7 and 8 girls rugby team and can’t wait to help out at coaching in the near future as part of the Centurions High school’s programme.”

The New Skills programme aims to increase the employability of 14-19 year old young residents within the Wigan Borough, specifically the Leigh area, by providing better access to opportunities for beneficiaries to improve their levels of qualifications and life skills through the engagement tool of sport and Leigh Centurions.

The Elite Warrior programme combines military and sports ethos to challenge the individuals to change.

An ex- serviceman has been recruited to deliver the course teaching them about self-sacrifice demands on a soldier, instilling discipline, respect and values into young people.

The second phase of the programme looks at how they move onto the next step of carrying out life choices by attending workshops and voluntary roles with their local community organisations including local schools, cadet centres, local small charities and the fire cadets. Participants have also gained a Sports Leaders award.