Volleyball club being rolled out

A TOWN’S first ever volleyball club is about to be launched – and people are being urged to grasp the opportunity.

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, in Blakelock Road, from 5.30pm to 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 the council, said: “The club is open to anyone over the age of 14 whatever their 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 is providing qualified coaches for the new club in its quest to use sport to influence the behaviour of young people as part of its arson reduction and fire safety outreach work.

The brigade is also about to begin volleyball taster sessions in the town’s secondary schools in the hope that they 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