Howzat for a makeover? Sunderland students transform cricket club

Sunderland College volunteers give Whitburn CC a makeover
Sunderland College volunteers give Whitburn CC a makeover
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SUNDERLAND College students have left cricket bosses bowled over with a marvellous makeover.

A 40-strong team of youngsters spent a whole week at Whitburn Cricket Club, decorating the clubhouse and surroundings.

Whitburn Cricket Club, which was formed in 1862, has four senior sides as well as junior sides at various ages.

Last year, it was crowned NEPL First Division Champions, earning the club promotion to the Premier Division, the highest level of club cricket played in the region.

And the students have made sure it looked the part ahead of its first season in the NEPL Premier Division.

Club groundsman Frank Turns said: “We were very impressed with the skills and attitude shown by the students.

“They completed a number of jobs, including decorating our kitchen and dressing rooms, painting fences, gravelling, planting and landscaping to a professional standard.

“As a result, our clubhouse and grounds have been totally transformed.”

The link-up also delighted college curriculum leader John Cartwright, who said it gave the students valuable work insight.

He added “This has been a great experience for our students, allowing them to put the skills they have learned at college into practice and helping them prepare for a career in construction.

“By completing placements like this, students can build up their CV to ensure they stand out when they are looking for employment.

“The college’s partnership with the club is now established and their support has been exceptional.”

The week was organised as part of the NatWest Cricket Force project and all building materials were supplied free through the ECB Play Cricket Jewson Privilege Account Scheme.

All painting materials were supplied by club sponsor Williamsons Interior Design, of Roker Avenue. Sunderland.