Dodgeball a hit

WINNERS: The winning dodgeball team at Hartlepool Sixth Form College's Comic Relief fundraiser.

WINNERS: The winning dodgeball team at Hartlepool Sixth Form College's Comic Relief fundraiser.

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SPORTY students and teachers helped raise £250 for Comic Relief by taking part in a dodgeball competition.

Hartlepool Sixth Form College, in Blakelock Road, Hartlepool, staged its first ever tournament with participants paying £1 each to take part.

Dozens of teams competed to come out on top and help raise vital funds for Comic Relief in the process.

Joe Cooke, whose role it is to boost participation in sport, and BTEC Sport Leaders students at the college organised the event which proved a big hit.

As well as the dodgeball competition in the main sports hall, staff also arranged a cupcake sale to help boost the coffers.

Wayne Park, assistant head of department for PE, said: “The dodgeball competition was a fantastic occasion.

“Over the course of the day we had about 250 people taking part, which was fantastic.

“People were asked to pay £1 in sponsorship and we also had cupcakes for sale.

“We have held Comic Relief fundraisers in the past but this was the first time we have had one based around dodgeball so it was a little bit different.”

The winning team was Chris Hyndman’s tutor group.

Mr Park added: “The staff and students really enjoyed themselves and had a great time competing while also helping to raise money for Comic Relief.

“We held a knock-out style competition and unfortunately my team was beaten in the final, which left a sour taste so we are hoping for a re-match.”

The idea to hold a dodgeball competition came about through the work done by Joe Cooke – whose post is funded by Sport England – to encourage the students to try new sports and get active.

Comic Relief is a British charity, founded in 1985 by the comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry in response to famine in Ethiopia.

This year’s fundraiser helped raise more than £75m.

Comic Relief supports work in the UK as well as overseas and has funded over 15,000 UK projects to date.