PREMIER League football referee Anthony Taylor and England international Ellie Fletcher were on hand at Lymm High School as a £10,000 donation was handed over to its “Pitch In” fund.
The money was donated by Lymm Rovers Junior Football Club and goes towards the school’s bid to build a brand new 3G pitch.
Gavin Laidlaw, chairman of Lymm Rovers said: “Lymm Rovers have worked as a partner with Lymm High School for many years now, continuing to grow as a club and continuing to provide a safe and fun environment to allow children and adults to learn how to play the game.
“We share the school’s ambition to have first class facilities in place for the students and wider community.
It gives us great pleasure to donate £10,000 to the Pitch In! campaign with money that we have set aside for exactly this sort of opportunity.”
Students from Statham Primary School and Lymm High School were there to witness the cheque presentation.
Gwyn Williams, headteacher said: “We are very grateful for the money, which provides a significant boost in our campaign to raise £100,000 this year.
“Having Ellie and Anthony here today, alongside children from Statham Primary and representatives from Lymm Rovers, underlines the fact that this is a bid for a facility to support the whole community.
“I know Anthony is desperate to see more pitches built locally in order to support training of referees and it would also allow us to offer significantly more pitch time in the evenings and weekends to local groups. It’s a very exciting project.”
Ellie Fletcher, who plays for Liverpool and has been capped three times for England this season, said: “Having a 3G pitch in the area would be fantastic for local clubs. There’s growing evidence that girls in particular love playing on these surfaces and having one in Lymm would provide a massive boost for girls football. I’m delighted to be able to support this campaign.”
Anyone wishing to support the campaign can visit http://www.lymmhigh.org.uk/about-us/pitch-in/ for more details.