COME the 2019/20 football season, Leigh Folds Junior Football Club will be rebranded Leigh Town Football Club.

The last month has seen the club acquire changing and storage facilities and a refreshments cabin which now allows the club to offer hot and cold drinks and food on match days in the new season.

The committee members felt that it was the perfect time and opportunity to rename the club.

Recently they linked up with Leigh Foundry, who currently play in the Wigan Amateur league and whose reserves will be playing home games at Queensway – home of Leigh Town Football Club.

“It’s exciting times for everyone involved in the club, this is only the beginning for Leigh Town Football Club” said head coach Darren Kenny.

“The club’s aim is to play a big part within grassroots football, from junior to adult level in the Leigh area."

Kenny, who is also a talent spotter for Blackburn Rovers Academy and occasionally carries out volunteer coaching at Blackburn, is determined to unearth the next Jason Lowe, the Bolton Wanderers midfielder and captain being a former pupil at St Thomas CE Primary School in Leigh.

“I believe there is a lot of talented players with huge potential within the Leigh area, and that myself, coaches and committee are dedicated and committed to help our future young stars to reach their goals.”

The club currently has players that trial at Blackburn Rovers Academy and a player from the Lionesses U12s team who has recently signed at Preston North End for the oncoming season.

Any players looking for a fresh challenge, or looking to get into football, are invited to attend any of the club's training sessions.

It was mixed emotions for Leigh Folds at the end of last season when the under 10s Panthers team's attempts to be treble cup winners cruelly came to an end.

They narrowly lost out on penalties in their BBDFL Cup Final to Mossbank JFC from Bolton.

The game finished 3-3 as the Panthers fought their way back to take the game to penalties after being 0-2 down at half time.

The club’s under 12s Lionesses followed on from the Hawks under 11s final win by beating Sedgley Park in last month’s BBDFL Final to add to their Altrincham Girls Tournament 2019 Winners Trophy.

After falling behind to an early goal, they went on to win 3-1, with goals from Lexi Kavanagh, Darcy Kenny and Madison Moore.

Kenny added “The last 12 months for the club have been truly fantastic as we continue to grow, offer opportunities for children of all ages, gender, abilities and ethnicity.

"Since the club was formed in 2015, which is run by willing volunteers, it has around 100 children participating each week.

"To end the season with the club reaching five finals, winning three of them, it’s what dreams are made of.”