Cricket’s national governing body has been bowled over by the support it has received from Sunderland College’s construction department.
In the past few years, construction staff and students have volunteered their time at a variety of clubs and grounds in the Sunderland area where they have carried out building and renovation works.
Past projects have featured Ryhope, Boldon, Whitburn and Silksworth Cricket Clubs and involved students from a range of construction courses including multi-craft, brickwork, plastering, carpentry, decorating and plumbing.
As a thank you to all the staff and students who have contributed to these projects, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has donated official cricket kit and £2,500 worth of Jewson’s vouchers to Sunderland College.
John Cartwright, curriculum leader at Sunderland College, said: “The ECB was delighted with the attitude, skills and knowledge shown by our students and the standard of work produced by them was exceptional.
“The partnership we have with the ECB has allowed our students to develop their skills on projects which have tangible results, and this has a very positive impact in terms of developing both personal and employability skills.
“We are very grateful for the donation from the ECB and we are looking forward to working with the board on future schemes.”
Richard Lightbown, ECB volunteer and participation manager, added: “On behalf of everyone at the ECB, I would like to thank John Cartwright and all the staff and students who have been involved with the projects at the cricket clubs.
“The renovation and improvement work that they have carried out has really transformed the clubs and helped them become a much better environment for players and club members.”