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Leigh Community Foundation - Chairman's Statement

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I am pleased to say that the Foundation that was formed earlier on in the year is now ready to commence trading. It has been a desire of the Board, in particular Trevor Barton MBE, for the launch of the Community Foundation. Both Trevor and I, supported by Miranda Barker, have been planning the creation of the Foundation for some time. Miranda joined the Board last year with a view to re-establishing the community links between the Centurions and the community and developing the appropriate pathways.

Trevor, over the past 2 years, has been the CEO of the Centurions which he took on a temporary basis not realising that it would take up 2 years of his time. I have to say, on a personal note, that without Trevor’s support the task of trying to save Centurions would have been considerably more difficult if not impossible. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that I have to acknowledge that Trevor’s attention is focused on developing the Foundation. Certainly over the past 2 years Trevor has built a solid foundation within the Centurions with the professional support group that has galvanised a considerable number of volunteers to work towards the success of the Centurions.

Although Trevor will no longer be the CEO he will still form a very active and important part of the future of the Club including the Foundation.

The Foundation has secured funding from Bolton MBC which enables John Duffy to transfer over to the Foundation where he will assist Trevor in the day to day delivery of programs.

Obviously from a personal point of view this leaves a big hole to fill on the Board of Centurions with the loss of Trevor but hopefully with the recent interest that has been expressed that the individuals are willing to step up to assist the Board and myself in taking the Centurions onto the next stage.

This whole journey over the past 2 years has been quite incredible. But I think the performance on Sunday by the players only emphasised the desire the commitment and the team spirit that can be produced at the Centurions which clearly shows we can be a force to be recognised not only in the local community through the foundation but on the rugby field with Paul and the team. With the right backing from fans the business community and in particular Leigh Sports Village, I am quite convinced that we are only a few inches away from success. There is still an incredible amount of hard work to be done but the position that we are now in, in 2013, is so significantly better than it was in 2011.

I am sure everybody will now get behind the Foundation to ensure its success working within the community and delivering all the community projects by the Foundation can only enhance the success of the Centurions and re-engage the Centurions back into the community where it belongs.

Chairman, Keith Freer
30th April 2013

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What does this actually mean?

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I have no idea what has been announced in that press release. It seems very muddled and doesnt seem to say much.

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There's already a thread about this here

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I'll sleep tonight now.

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I'll sleep tonight now.

 

Why? What HAVE you been doing!

 

 

Top tip for Leigh Centurions. Think about DR of PR people.

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Why? What HAVE you been doing!

 

 

Top tip for Leigh Centurions. Think about DR of PR people.

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 1. what have you been doing that will ensure you sleep tonight.

2. Maybe Leigh could borrow a  PR person from a nearby SuperLeague club to train them to write press releases. We could do it, but I'm not sure they could afford us.

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The foundation is a major investment in schools and youth across the area and including Bolton, something Trevor is very passionate about

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The foundation is a major investment in schools and youth across the area and including Bolton, something Trevor is very passionate about

Any chance of us playing the odd "big one" on-the-road game at Bolton? IMO we really ought to be casting the net to Bolton - its our friendly bigger neighbour with a massive population. I would guess that folk from Bolton are far more likely to watch Leigh than Wigan

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The foundation is a major investment in schools and youth across the area and including Bolton, something Trevor is very passionate about

 well why didn't he say so? 

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I would guess that folk from Bolton are far more likely to watch Leigh than Wigan

You would.

But they come from all over Lancs to watch Wigan so sorry, Bolton is not ring fenced for Leigh.

It's like saying people in Morley are more likely to watch Hunslet than Leeds

They are just not.

People are more likely to watch Superleague.

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You would.

But they come from all over Lancs to watch Wigan so sorry, Bolton is not ring fenced for Leigh.

It's like saying people in Morley are more likely to watch Hunslet than Leeds

They are just not.

People are more likely to watch Superleague.

Not really - I think there is a bit of rivalry between Bolton and Wigan as a result of the football. There is no rivalry between Morley and Leeds

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Not really - I think there is a bit of rivalry between Bolton and Wigan as a result of the football. There is no rivalry between Morley and Leeds

I don't know what you are talking about but the vast majority of new fans go to Superleague and Bolton has a choice locally of Wigan and Salford. Your own chairman admits championship sides fan bases are ageing and dropping. SL is the draw.

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Not really - I think there is a bit of rivalry between Bolton and Wigan as a result of the football. There is no rivalry between Morley and Leeds

There's a rivalry in Wigan as a result of the football never mind Bolton!  :P

 

Not sure I've ever detected a great appetite for rugby over either code in Bolton, I'd suggest the idea of a Leigh game at the Reebok is a non-starter the costs would be massive compared to any potential returns.

 

Of those people I've met from Bolton who do like rugby, they seem perfectly happy to watch Wigan and I guess the same would apply to a successful Salford so I think Parkys bang on the money with his assessment on this one.

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There's a rivalry in Wigan as a result of the football never mind Bolton!  :P

 

Not sure I've ever detected a great appetite for rugby over either code in Bolton, I'd suggest the idea of a Leigh game at the Reebok is a non-starter the costs would be massive compared to any potential returns.

 

Of those people I've met from Bolton who do like rugby, they seem perfectly happy to watch Wigan and I guess the same would apply to a successful Salford so I think Parkys bang on the money with his assessment on this one.

I think he's right as well but the point remains bolton is an area leigh must get into,but first leigh needs to reconnect with the 100k people in the town and surrounding towns.Not an easy job now.

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I think he's right as well but the point remains Bolton is an area leigh must get into.

What do you mean by "get into"?

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I think he's right as well but the point remains bolton is an area leigh must get into,but first leigh needs to reconnect with the 100k people in the town and surrounding towns.Not an easy job now.

It would have been easier if the new stadium had been built in between Leigh, Atherton and Tyldsley, which would have also been much closer to Bolton.

Getting into Bolton means getting players to go into schools, setting up clubs, perhaps a shop in the market, an ontheroad game.....

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Getting into Bolton means getting players to go into schools, setting up clubs, perhaps a shop in the market, an ontheroad game.....

Without meaning to be rude thats dreamland stuff, your spending tens of thousands of pounds in that one sentance your club simply doesn't have with no idea what returns you'd get even if you did.

 

I'd suggest what resources available to Leigh would be better spent targetting the tens of thousands of people they have on there doorstep, if they can't mobilse a decent crowd out of that then they've no chance in neighbouring towns.

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It would have been easier if the new stadium had been built in between Leigh, Atherton and Tyldsley, which would have also been much closer to Bolton.

Getting into Bolton means getting players to go into schools, setting up clubs, perhaps a shop in the market, an on the road game.....

Well the very best of luck.

How you fund all this activity and how you persuade people who will very quickly realise the difference between Wigan, Salford and Leigh I don't know?

The only draw card a Leigh or a Hunslet has is that they are cheap to watch and appeal to local loyalties.

How do you get potential fans outside your area to be loyal to a championship club???

Let's have the formulae please then the whole championship can go from strength to strength.

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Without meaning to be rude thats dreamland stuff.

That's rude, after all sport is all about dreams.

But if you bring them on here they are open to being questioned.

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