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Themis Apprentices link up with Burnley FC in unique ‘fans’ project

Advanced Plumbing Apprentices at Themis at Burnley College have teamed up with Burnley FC and its sponsors James Hargreaves Plumbing Ltd in an innovative project to help fill empty stands at Turf Moor during lockdown.

They have used their exceptional skills and knowledge, alongside their innovation and problem-solving abilities, to create complex figures, including men, women, children, a baby and even a sports commentator, out of sinks, pipes, boilers, taps and other plumbing, heating and bathroom products.

The specially-engineered, life-size fan figures, designed with the support of talented Art and Design students at the College (rated Number 1 in the country in the Government achievement tables for students aged 16-18) now sit proudly in the main stand at Turf Moor.

David Lord, Head of Construction at Themis at Burnley College, said: “It’s been a tremendous project for us and everyone – Apprentices, Students, Tutors and Trainers – have thoroughly enjoyed getting involved.

“It’s been a chance to put to great use the high level skills they’ve gained  at Themis at Burnley College and  working on such a unique project they’ve really put to push the boundaries of their knowledge and solve some complex issues.”

The imaginative project was initiated by the club’s major stand sponsor, James Hargreaves Plumbing Ltd. “It’s been a real team effort, and what a result!” said Gordon Rothwell, MD of James Hargreaves.

“It was sad to see the ground empty on matchdays and we wanted to show our support for our club to help the team during lockdown.

“You can see by the detail that the students have taken great care and the figures look spectacular.”

Principal of Burnley College Karen Buchanan said: “We’re truly delighted to be part of this unique project and to showcase our Apprentices’ practical skills and our Art and Design students’ creative talents.

“It’s been an exciting and creative challenge for the Themis Apprentices to work on and has resulted in something that should give a boost to the Clarets players when they are competing at Turf Moor and the community who have seen the outstanding creations showcased on regional television!”


The project is a winner and the figures will certainly add to the look and feel of Turf Moor on matchdays

Burnley FC spokesman