Could you be the next Ronaldo or Rooney? – FA coaches holding football sessions in Hartlepool

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright playing football on the new Brierton pitch with some of the Greatham FC youngsters.

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright playing football on the new Brierton pitch with some of the Greatham FC youngsters.

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YOUNGSTERS wanting to be the next Ronaldo or Wayne Rooney have the chance to improve their footy skills.

Weekly training sessions, which will be led by fully qualified FA coaches, will kick-off next month at Brierton Sports Centre, off Catcote Road, in Hartlepool.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s sports and recreation team is launching the Friday night football sessions for boys and girls, who are aged five to 11.

The weekly sessions, which kick-off on October 10 and run until December 12, will take place on the centre’s new 3G pitch.

The one-hour sessions start at 6pm and cost £2.60 for Active Card members, £2.80 for casual participants and £2.30 for concessions.

There is no need to book, but for more information call (01429) 284050.

The brand new £620,000 state-of-the-art football pitch was officially opened earlier this summer.

Hartlepool ceremonial mayor, Stephen Akers-Belcher, officially opened the new third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch at Brierton Sports Complex.

The pitch was made possible thanks to a £602,800 grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grass-roots football facilities.

The grant has enabled Hartlepool Borough Council to establish Brierton Sports Complex as a “hub” for local football.

Officials say the full-size pitch will be available to use all year round, and reduced rental rates for local clubs will “significantly increase participation”.

The council will work closely with local partner club Greatham FC which will use the 3G and grass pitches for training and matches.

The club plans to increase the number of teams from 15 to 20 over the next five years, with plans to establish two new girls’ teams.

The council worked in partnership with the Durham FA and Greatham FC to secure the £602,800 grant.