Grayfields to host football tournaments as part of National Men’s Health Week

Hartlepool team member Kerry Charlton on the attack against a Northumberland team during the five a side tournament at Grayfields.
Hartlepool team member Kerry Charlton on the attack against a Northumberland team during the five a side tournament at Grayfields.
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TEAMS are being urged to take part in football tournaments that will raise awareness of men’s health issues.

Grayfields recreation ground in Hartlepool will host two competitions to coincide with National Men’s Health Week which runs from Monday, June 10.

The first, a six-a-side competition, is aimed at players aged 16 and over on Monday, June 10 from 6pm-9pm and entry costs £18 per team.

The second, is a five-a-side competition, open to players aged 16-18 on Thursday, June 13, from 6pm-9pm. Entry costs £10 per team.

They are being organised by the Borough Council’s Sport and Physical Activity Team.

It is after feedback from regular users of Grayfields when they were asked about the types of activities they would like to see taking place at the recreation ground.

Gareth Turnbull, assistant sport and physical activity officer, said: “We still need to raise awareness of a range of health issues, both physical and mental, affecting men in Hartlepool and that is why we are staging these tournaments.

“It is particularly appropriate that they should be taking place during National Men’s Health Week.”

Team’s taking part in the adult tournament must have at least six players and can have up to three substitutes.

Those playing in the under-18 tournament must have a minimum of five players and they too can have up to three subs.

All teams are guaranteed at least 40 minutes of football, with more pitch time if they make it through to the knock-out stages.

To register a team or to get more details, contact Daniel Garthwaite on (01429) 284047 or email daniel.garthwaite@hartlepool.gov.uk