A PRIMARY school teacher is cycling to raise money for a youth cricket club.

Mr David Strachan will cycle from Lords Cricket Ground in London, to Haslingden Cricket Club on July 26 to raise funds for better equipment for the team.

The teacher from Broadway Primary School coaches young people at the club after school and on weekends and raised money for the club last year too.

Living in Haslingden himself, the 34-year-old, said: “Last year we improved the drainage system, so the kids could play even when it had rained.

“This year, we want to improve their equipment. We can’t ask parents to pay out a lot of money because they may have difficulty.

“The children really appreciate it too as every year something needs doing.”

Mr Strachan, a father of two, will undertake the cycling challenge over three days with four other coaches and two friends.

Some young people who started out at the club are now playing at University leagues, as the coaches continue to support more young people to take part in the games, giving them something to do.

On their preparation for the summer cycle, Mr Strachan added: “We go on long rides when we can. It’s quite hilly here so it’s good to practice at.

“We’re going to take breaks at Northampton and Stoke. We’re also going to give some of the money we raise to the Rossendale Hospice.

“It won’t just be the club’s money, but we want to thank the hospice for all the amazing work they do.”

The club are also looking to start an all-girls team, although, the team Mr Strachan manages already has girls playing.

Riders taking part also include, Steven Abraham, Graeme Clarke, Crystal Clayton, George Farrell, Andy Horrocks, Paul Mercer, Deborah Scott, and Jeff Stanton.

Any donations can also be made to the group’s page at https://uk.gofundme.com/MCC2HCC