Eight local primary schools have all now received school playing kits after taking part in the Leigh Centurions Warm-Up top competition earlier this year.

The competition tasked Year 6 pupils to design the warm-up tops that were worn by the players before each game in the 2021 Betfred Super League season.

They were also asked to submit a presentation that explained the rationale behind the design and the school’s link to the town and club.

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

Leigh Centurions put a prize pool up of £7,000 and Ellgren £1,000.

The competition was judged by representatives from the Club, Leigh Community Trust and Ellgren.

Gilded Hollins became overall winners of the competition and received £2,000.

In second place were St Thomas’ who received £1,000. Third place in the design section were Sacred Heart who received a prize of £250.

First and second place for the presentation element went to Gilded Hollins and St Thomas’ respectively with both schools receiving £250.

In addition, Dylan Jones from Sacred Heart was awarded £250 for his school due to his standout performance in their presentation.

All eight schools which took part received kit to the value of £500 each.

The club would like to thank the other schools that took part: Bedford Hall Methodist Primary School, St Joseph’s Primary School, St John’s Primary School, Golborne Primary School and Lowton St Mary’s.

Leigh Centurions Community Trust Programmes Director Hannah Forbes said: “The local primary schools that took part in the competition really did themselves and the Centurions proud. We saw so many innovative presentation and design ideas. I would personally like to thank all the children, parents and teachers from the eight schools for taking the time to take part and we hope your efforts have been well rewarded, well done!”

LCT received a nice surprise when Hannah and her colleagues visited Gilded Hollins recently.

Hannah said: “We want to say a massive thank-you to Miss Dickson and her Year 6 class who voted to donate £100 of their winning money to our A-Team Hub for new equipment for our free play sessions.

“We were overwhelmed when we visited the class and they told us the news. We can’t thank them enough and it is so rewarding to see the children enjoying the new equipment in the Hub.”