MORE than 150 Leeds City of College of Building students were involved in an innovative project to help build a new £225,000 clubhouse for Rodley Cricket Club.
The brand new pavilion was officially unveiled yesterday at the end of the 14-month-long scheme, which was the biggest off-site development Leeds College of Building has ever been involved in.
College students gained valuable site experience under the supervision of college tutors and a club appointed site manager at Rodley Cricket Club’s Canal Bank Sports Ground, off Moss Bridge Road.
The development was partially funded by Sport England through the England and Wales Cricket Board. Additional cash came from Wades Charity, Community First and a string of local businesses and sponsors.
The England and Wales Cricket Board agreed to grant £75,000 towards the project if it involved helping develop students from a local building college.
Rodley Cricket Club player Mark Allinson, who works as a carpentry and joinery lecturer at Leeds College of Building, put the idea to his managers and the project got underway last March.
Mr Allinson said: “The students said they all enjoyed doing some proper work on a proper building site. They were supervised while doing the work, but did a good job and everyone at the cricket club is very pleased with it.”
Rodley Cricket Club chairman Steve Bradbury said: “It has been extremely rewarding the college and the club. We had students turning up on their days off to go to work.
“They were taking photographs of their work at the end of the project. We will be inviting the students to the club at a later date for a few drinks to thank them for their efforts.”