Students pitch in!
MEMBERS of Irchester Cricket Club may well have been bowled over when they saw their clubhouse, which has just been given a makeover by students from Tresham College.
The college’s painting and decorating students took part in a nationwide initiative set up by the English Cricket Board (ECB). It partnered colleges with cricket clubs to offer construction students valuable practical experience renovating and refurbishing the clubs.
A total of 19 students studying at levels 1 and 2 in Painting and Decorating at Tresham’s Corby campus transformed Irchester Cricket Club, putting the knowledge and techniques they’d learnt at college into a practical workplace environment. Level 3 apprentices were also involved in a supervisory role as part of their qualification; responsible for health and safety, equipment and site procedures, while being observed by Tresham tutors.
The project is supported by Jewson, which provided Tresham with up to £2,500 to help with materials at Irchester and projects planned for other local clubs – including Irthlingborough’s.
Deputy head of School for Construction, Craig Love, said: “The project has been much tougher than I anticipated; it has been a lot of hard work and the students
have done really well. I’m immensely proud of each and every one of them – this has been a new and exciting project to be involved with and we hope we’ll have the opportunity to be involved in other projects.”
One of the students added: ”It’s been extremely tiring, but this work experience will look great on my CV and will hopefully help to land me a great job once I’ve finished my qualification. I’d love to do something like this again; it’s been great working as a team.”