Bedford High School Joins Centurions High School Partnership

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

Bedford High School will have its own designated Player Ambassadors, Martyn Ridyard, Jonathan Pownall and Paul Anderson, who will take three coaching sessions per year, and will be present at the school’s presentation evening. Bedford 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:

“We are delighted that Bedford were one of the first high schools to come onboard with the Centurions high schools partnership as it is testament to the work we have been delivering to their school pupils through our New Skills and Elite Warrior programme.

“A big thank you to Mrs Phillips (Head Teacher) and Mr Hersnip for allowing Martyn Ridyard and Paul Anderson relive their old Bedford school days with a guided tour around the school.”

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.

Oldham Vs. Leigh Centurions: Tickets On Sale Now!

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Match tickets for Leigh Centurions’ Kingstone Press Championship fixture away to Oldham on Sunday 15th May 2016 (3pm kick off) are now on sale. Spectators are encouraged to purchase tickets from Leigh, as the Club will receive 10% commission on all sales made.

The club have received an initial allocation of 150 unreserved seating tickets (situated in the Sir Tom Pendry Stand along the touchline) and 605 standing
tickets. Supporters can pre-purchase their tickets in person at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium Ticket Office, online at or by calling 01942 487888.

Leigh Centurions season ticket holders who are aged under 18 years are entitled to a free ticket for this game (subject to availability). These tickets must be claimed in advance from the Leigh Sports Village Stadium Ticket Office and will not be available on the day at Oldham. When entering through the turnstiles on match day, supporters will need to present both their under 18 season ticket as well as their match ticket.

Subject to availability, tickets will be on sale until 12pm on Saturday 14th May 2016.

Prices are as follows:

Seating: Standing:
Adult: £17 £15
65+ £14 £12
U16 £5 £3
Junior Season Ticket Holder
Must be claimed in advance.
£ F.O.C. £ F.O.C.

Supporters wishing to purchase ambulant disabled tickets can do so from the Ticket Office. These are priced according to the relevant age category above, with a complimentary ticket provided for a carer. Please be aware that appropriate proof of disability may be requested and will need to be registered with the Ticket Office.

Leigh Centurions 37 – 30 Batley Bulldogs


Late tries by Lee Smith and Sam Hopkins kept Leigh Centurions on top of the Kingstone Press Championship one point ahead of London Broncos in a breathless finish at the LSV.

Unbeaten in the league since their defeat at Batley in Round One, the Centurions stared defeat in the face as the Bulldogs turned the game on its head to take the lead for the first time in an enthralling contest with six minutes remaining.

James Harrison’s try converted by Dom Brambani gave the Bulldogs a 25-30 lead after they had trailed 25-12 just before the hour-mark.

Brambani was at the heart of their revival, dummying to cut through himself after Alex Bretherton had slid over, and also landing five goals.

But Smith grabbed an opportunist try to rescue the game for Leigh, kicking ahead and winning the race for the touchdown with just three minutes to go. Martyn Ridyard kept his nerve to pot the angled conversion.

Sam Hopkins sealed it with his 11th try of the season in the last minute.

Leigh held a 13-6 lead at the interval with Liam Kay sliding over from Ridyard’s long pass and Harrison Hansen finishing off a surging Jamie Acton break with Ridyard landing both conversions and a drop-goal on the stroke of half-time. Shaun Ainscough replied for the Bulldogs.

Hansen went over for his second try from a superb short pass by Smith and though Alistair Leak replied for Batley, Liam Hood stretched Leigh’s lead to thirteen points with an individual try from dummy half before the dramatic final quarter unfolded.

Leigh Centurions: Smith (try); Higson, Whiting, Armstrong, Kay (try); Ridyard (6 goals, dropgoal), Chase; Emmitt, Higham, Weston, Maitua, Hock, Hansen (2 tries).
Subs: Hood (try); Hopkins (try), Spencer, Acton.

Half-time: 13-6;

Attendance: 3,389

Referee: C Campbell.

Centurions Announce Squad For Batley Fixture

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Leigh Centurions have announced their 19 man squad ahead of Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship Round 12 game against Batley Bulldogs at LSV (3pm).

After this game Leigh Centurions’ next home game will be in six weeks time for the Round 17 match against Featherstone Rovers on Sunday 12 June (3pm).

In between Leigh Centurions travel to Oldham (15 May), Swinton Lions (22 May), Blackpool for the Summer Bash against Bradford Bulls (28 May) and Whitehaven (4 June).

Sam Hopkins will miss the Oldham game through a one match suspension after submitting an Early Guilty plea following an appearance in front of the RFL Disciplinary Committee.

The squad is:

2 Adam Higson;
5 Liam Kay;
6 Martyn Ridyard;
10 Dayne Weston;
11 Harrison Hansen;
12 Gareth Hock;
13 Cory Paterson;
14 Micky Higham;
16 Reni Maitua;
17 Jamie Acton;
18 Tom Spencer;
20 Sam Hopkins;
23 Rangi Chase;
24 Tom Armstrong;
26 Lee Smith;
27 Richard Whiting;
29 Jake Emmitt;
31 Ben Reynolds;
32 Liam Hood.

Leigh Centurions Vs Batley Bulldogs: A Real Community Affair

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The Leigh Centurions Vs Batley Bulldogs Kingstone Press Championship game on May 1st will have a very strong Community theme to it, as Leigh Community Trust assist the Club in bringing school children together from across the borough.

The Club is also forecasting the highest crowd of the season so far with a crowd in excess of 4,000 a real possibility. Fans are also reminded that both turnstiles and kiosks will be open at 2pm and that kiosks will remain open until 20 minutes after the second half has started, and also, that the Club benefits
from kiosk sales on game day.

The RFL Rockettes will also be performing on the day and Premier Sports will have an inflatable game outside the stadium for children to enjoy

Sky Try
The Batley game will be our first Sky Try game of the season. Leigh Community Trust were awarded funding from Sky through the RFL Sky Try initiative to deliver Primary rugby sessions to Year 3 and Year 4 pupils in the area. The initiative aims to increase participants, spectators and viewers across the entire sport.

On the day we will welcome pupils from Gilded Hollins, Golborne All Saints, Lowton St Mary’s,Lowton West, Newton Westpark, St Gabriel’s, St George’s Central, St Joseph’s, St Thomas’, Twelve Apostles and Westleigh Methodist Primary Schools who have all taken part in the programme. These pupils will be taking part in a parade at half-time so we’re hoping the fans will give them a warm Leyther welcome.

Joining us as part of the SkyTry programme we have Leigh East U9’s playing Leigh Miners U9’s in a curtain raiser to the game. This game will kick off at 2pm and we are hoping that the supporters will get down early to support the next generation of players.
Leigh Community Trust Projects Director Hannah Forbes commented;

“This is a great opportunity for the children that have been participating in Sky Try Primary Rugby League to see their ambassador Dayne Weston in action and also to be able to be part of our match day. I’m sure stepping foot on the hallowed turf of the LSV at half time will be a memory cherished for a long time to come.”

High schools partnership
Fred Longworth High School, Atherton Community High School, Bedford High School and St Mary’s Catholics High School are the first to sign up to the Club’s new Centurions High Schools Partnership run in conjunction with Leigh Community Trust.

Through the partnership schools will have a designated Centurions player as their school ambassador, who will deliver respect assemblies and coaching sessions to the pupils. Each school will also receive lots of other ‘perks’ for signing up to the partnership.

As an added benefit, the pupils from the schools will attend the Batley Game on Sunday 1st May 2016, to cheer on the team and be part of the Centurions family.

If you haven’t yet purchased your tickets for Leigh Vs Batley in the Kingstone Press Championship, why not do so right now? Click here to buy online!

Leigh Centurions Vs Batley Bulldogs: Match Day Information

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Kingstone Press Championship action returns to Leigh Sports Village this coming Sunday (1st May 2016, 3pm kick off) as Leigh Centurions take on Batley Bulldogs.

We would like to welcome our match day sponsors:

Main Match Sponsor – Park Leisure.
Associate Sponsor – Taylor Wimpey.
Match Ball Sponsor – Cal Sameday.
Programme Sponsor – McCauls Developments, Cheshire

This is a fixture not to be missed, with match day information as below:




(reserved seating)




Over 65 years



18-21 years



Under 18 years



Under 5 years

of charge

of charge

In person – Leigh Sports Village Ticket Office; open from 9am until 5pm weekdays, 9am until 12pm on Saturday and from 9am until 30 minutes after kick off on match day
Telephone – Call 01942 487888; open from 9am until 5pm weekdays, 9am until 12pm on Saturday and from 9am until 1pm on match day
Online –

A limited number of North Stand tickets are also available to buy from the Leigh Centurions Retail Outlet situated within Leigh Market Hall until 4pm on Saturday.

To avoid congestion at the Ticket Office in the immediate period leading to kick off, supporters are strongly advised to purchase their tickets in advance of match day where possible.

For this fixture, Batley Bulldogs supporters will be situated in blocks A and B of the West Stand on a reserved seating basis and can buy their tickets via the same methods above.

Any supporters who have pre-purchased their match tickets and have been advised to collect them will be able to do so from any window at the LSV Ticket Office from 9am on the day of the game. Corporate ticket collections will take place from the Media College (situated to the left hand side of Main Reception).

Supporters are advised to allow extra time in their journey to the Stadium. However, should you miss the kick off then there are ‘late gates’ situated in each stand which will be open until the end of the first half. These turnstiles are turnstile 19 (North Stand) and turnstile 23 (Kingstone Press West Stand).

The Legends Bar (situated at the front of the Kingstone Press West Stand) will be open from 1.00pm, serving a range of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages and will also be open after the game. From around 1.30pm, supporters will have the opportunity to purchase club merchandise while compere Clive Render will be hosting the regular match day quiz.

There are also catering kiosks available in each stand which will be open from 2.00pm, serving a variety of hot and cold snacks along with hot beverages and both soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. Kiosks close 20 minutes after the start of the second half.

Please note that no food and drink is to be brought into the stadium. If you any specific dietary or medical requirements please speak to a steward prior to entry.

Issue #8 of The Centurions, Leigh Centurions match day magazine will be available priced as usual at £2-50 for 48 pages packed with news, views, features, statistics and photographs

There is a limited amount of on-site parking available at Leigh Sports Village, all free of charge. Access to these car parks is via Sale Way, situated directly off A579 Atherleigh Way, with stewards on hand to direct cars where necessary.

For those travelling by public transport, Leigh bus station is situated in the town centre and is served with regular connections from Manchester, Bolton, Wigan, Warrington and St. Helens. The bus station is a 10 minute walk from the stadium, or alternatively the 597 bus service, operated by South Lancs Travel, runs directly from the bus station to the stadium.

We would like to kindly remind all supporters that, in line with government legislation, smoking is not permitted anywhere within Leigh Sports Village Stadium. This also includes the use of e-cigarettes.

We would also like to remind supporters that unfortunately there is no re-admittance to Leigh Sports Village Stadium, should any supporter wish to exit the stadium in order to smoke.

We appreciate the cooperation of all supporters regarding this matter.

After obtaining advice from Greater Manchester Police in light of the terrorist attacks in Paris last year, please be aware that overt searches, such as bags and personal searches will take place to detect any prevent any prohibited articles from entering the stadium and to provide a visual deterrent.

This searching is conducted under the authority of the Leigh Sports Village Ground Regulations and will apply to staff, partners, visitors and spectators. Any refusal will cause the person not to be admitted into the stadium.

The following articles must not be brought within the ground: knives, fireworks, smoke canisters, air-horns, flares, weapons, dangerous or hazardous items, laser devices, bottles, glass vessels, cans, poles and any article that might be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety. Any person in possession of such items will be refused entry to the ground.