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  • Pupils’ inspiring talk prompts renewed bid to raise funds for transfer of Glenburn 3G pitch

    Henry James

    REACTION to a presentation by two pupils at Delph Side Community Primary School has prompted the headteacher to launch one last attempt to try and raise the £300,000 needed to transfer the Glenburn 3G pitch to the school in Eskdale.

    The Champion reported recently that the school had decided to drop their campaign to transfer the pitch citing a lack of financial support.

    However when headteacher Liz Ormerod saw the presentation by Ruby Don and Buddy McHugh during a public speaking event at West Lancashire College, she was inspired to give the fundraising bid one last throw of the dice.

    Ruby and Buddy won the event, organised by SHARES, and their winning entry was placed on the school’s social media page where it has received more than 22,000 views, 175 likes and 241 shares.

    During the talk, delivered in the form of a poem, they say that the pitch could help tackle childhood obesity and add that they wish they knew a millionaire who could help them. They add that the school has been let down by people who said they would help.

    Liz said: “Ruby and Buddy did really well and they spoke very passionately on the sports pitch subject and about a town which is often forgotten. They really went for the jugular and they were funny. Since the presentation I have been contacted by many people who have said good things about the presentation.

    “So we are going to ride a wave after their speech and try again to raise the £300,000.”

    Lancashire County Council has offered to give the pitch to the school for free if they can cover the cost of relocation.

    Councillor Adrian Owen of the independent political group, Our West Lancashire, had called for the pitch to be handed over to a local community group in its current location.

    However, Skelmersdale Labour Councillor Terry Aldridge said: “I’ve been working with staff and governors at Delph Side, SHARES and our MP Rosie Cooper to get the commitment from Lancashire County Council to gift the pitches to the local schools.

    “We secured this, brought council officers down to the site, had meetings and carried out fundraising events and functions to try to get the money needed for the transfer of the pitch.

    “At no point did the former Conservative deputy leader of the council Adrian Owens show any interest in helping or supporting. This is the same man who was in charge of the finance when they decided to shut down the Skelmersdale Sports Centre at Digmoor in 2012 despite opposition from councillors and residents.

    “It is a disgrace and a huge disrespect to all who have been working hard to provide facilities here in Skelmersdale for our young people for him to be trying to grab newspaper headlines over a very serious issue.”

    Anyone who would like to help the campaign is asked to phone 01695 721881.

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