Leigh Centurions are inviting Year 6 pupils from local primary schools to enter an amazing competition.

The club is inviting entries to a competition to design the new warm-up tops that will be worn by the players before each game in the 2021 season.

Leigh Centurions will put a prize pool up of £6,000 with £3,000 to the winner, £2,000 to second and £1,000 to third with all prize money to school funds.

The winner’s design will be developed by our new kit suppliers Ellgren and be available for sale in the club’s retail outlet with all profits from sales going to the winning school.

Explaining the competition further, Club Owner Derek Beaumont, said: “Its been a really tough year for our community and in particular our schools. Lots of fundraising events they would hold have been cancelled, affecting their resources. It’s been extremely challenging for all the teachers dealing with distanced learning and not being able to have the same contact and engagement with their pupils which must be hugely frustrating.

“I was recently asked to judge a similar competition by Daniel Jones for his Leigh Miners Rangers junior team which gave me the idea to engage the schools in this project, but to make it something that was worthy of a big buy in to create some energy and a goal to achieve.

“I want it to be rewarding but also challenging and competitive, as sport is, and to create a teamwork environment with the teachers and pupils. I want it to be engaging and more than just the design. To test other skill sets each school will present their design in whatever way they choose to the panel of judges with a 10-minute time limit via Zoom.

“This could be all the class, one member or a selected number to portray the best presentation. Irrespective of the design placing in the competition the presentation (which in itself could tip the choice between close contenders) will see the two best presentations receive a club kit for the school courtesy of our kit supplier, Ellgren.”

Schools can decide whether to hold an internal competition to determine their entry or can get pupils to work collectively to input their ideas into an entry.

The judging panel is Derek Beaumont, club chairman Mike Latham, head coach John Duffy, Leigh Community Trust manager Hannah Forbes and Jonathan Schofield the Managing Director of Ellgren.

“This is a great opportunity for the schools to take part in an energising and enterprising project which I am sure they will find fun,” Mr Beaumont added.

“Teachers can direct, advise and expand their pupils’ skills to increase their chances but must not conduct the drawing or computer generation of their design.”

The competition is restricted to primary schools within the area of Leigh, Abram, Astley, Atherton, Bickershaw, Culcheth, Golborne, Hindley Green, Lowton, Tyldesley, Westhoughton and Westleigh.

It is a project to which we want to afford time, but in order to meet manufacturing deadlines, we will need to have made a decision by the 25th January 2021. Presentations of the designs will take place in the week commencing 11th January 2021 and timings around this will be arranged directly with individual schools that have entered.

Any school wishing to take part should email Hannah Forbes on: hannah@leighcommunitytrust.co.uk by 3pm 10th December 2020.

Full details with templates and a brief will be despatched to participating schools on 11th December 2020. All designs will be showcased on the Club’s website once the decision has been made.

We would hope to have an awards event at a game when the winning top is worn for the first time, but this will be subject to government restrictions at the time and may need to be delayed to later in the year.

The winners will be announced by the Club on 25th January 2021.

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