Volleyball First for Hartlepool

L to R: Ben Robinson, Director of Sport at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, Firefighter Graeme Waller & Gemma Saunders, Senior Sports Development Officer.

HARTLEPOOL’S first ever volleyball club is about to be launched and local people are being urged to get involved.

Brinkburn Volleyball Club – a joint initiative involving Hartlepool Borough Council’s Sports Development Team, Cleveland Fire Brigade and Hartlepool Sixth Form College – will meet every Thursday at the college from 5.30-7pm.

It is aimed at people aged 14 and over, and the first session will take place on September 29.

Gemma Saunders, Senior Sports Development Officer with Hartlepool Borough Council, said: ““The club is open to people of all ages and abilities and it is important to stress that no previous experience of volleyball is needed.

“We hope people will come along and take the chance to learn the basic skills needed for the sport, make some new friends and have lots of fun.”

Funding for the club has been received from Sport England via its Sportivate Programme which aims to encourage young people to take part in the recommended five hours of physical activity a week.

There is no charge to join the club and membership will be free for an initial six-week trial period.

Cleveland Fire Brigade which is providing qualified coaches for the new club, uses sports such as volleyball to try to influence the behaviour of young people as part of its arson reduction and fire safety outreach work

Firefighter Graeme Waller said: “Whenever we work with young people in this way we tend to get a very positive response and see a drop in anti-social behaviour. We hope the club will provide an outlet for those who want to maintain and develop their interest in volleyball.”

The Brigade is also about to begin volleyball taster sessions in the town’s secondary schools and it is hoped these will result in a number of young people joining the club.
Anyone else wishing to register or who wants further information can contact Gemma Saunders by telephoning (01429) 284047 or e-mailing gemma.saunders@hartlepool.gov.uk

Photo caption (left-right): Ben Robinson, Director of Sport at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, Firefighter Graeme Waller and Gemma Saunders, Senior Sports Development Officer.