Players join Happy Days Childrens Charity to open new facilityLuke Wilkinson and Alex Lawless today joined the players charity of the year - Happy Days Children's Charity - to open a new all-weather pitch at Weatherfield Academy.
The Academy is a special school helping students with a range of individual needs and learning difficulties that mean that they find it difficult to maintain progress within mainstream school. Weatherfield, which is based in Dunstable, provides specialist teaching and support, giving their 128 students an opportunity to work with peers and build a solid set of life skills from which to approach their future.
The new pitch facility provides a fantastic new surface for students to use in all weathers - where previously lessons would have taken place in the school's car park.
Mr J Selmes, the Academy's Headteacher welcomed the players, and thanked the players for coming along to cut the ribbon, opening the new pitch.
"We are indebted to Happy Days Children's Charity, who do a lot of work with the Academy and we'd like to extend our thanks particularly to the Alex and Luke for coming here today. I love the game of football, it brings many fantastic opportunities to people. With the opening of the new pitch, sport and particularly football will be given the highest priority at Weatherfield Academy. It will enable the young people here to learn all about the game, but also about themselves, working as a team and making new friendships.", he said.
Rob Cox, Fundraising and Marketing Manager at Happy Days Childrens Charity said "Happy Days has worked closely with Weatherfield Academy for some time, helping to provide experiences to their students, and as Luton Town Player's Official Charity we thought it would be an excellent opportunity to get some players along to see the new pitch."
To find out more about Weatherfield Academy, you can visit their website: http://www.weatherfieldacademy.co.uk/
Find out more about our official Charity partnerships here: http://www.lutontown.co.uk/club/charities/