Sporty youngsters are being given the chance to shine thanks to a new initiative.
Tees Valley Sport, in partnership with Teesside University Sport Science Service and Hartlepool School Sport Coordinators has introduced a new Young Champions programme for Hartlepool pupils in Year 6 who have been identified for their all round sporting ability and who have already demonstrated they have a passion for sport and a desire to improve.
Each primary school in Hartlepool was invited to select one Year 6 pupil to attend the Young Champions Programme and subsequently 22 talented young people were inspired by Jade Jones, the Paralympic wheelchair athlete during the first session, gaining an insight into what it really means to be an elite athlete.
Recently they measured their fitness using the latest electronic measuring equipment and discussed their sporting heroes with Scottish Rugby League International Ruaridh Cuthbertson, a member of the Teesside University elite athlete scheme.
The aim of Young Champions is to bring together young people who have a desire to participate in sport at the highest possible level.
In doing so they will work with other young people across Hartlepool and develop many of the wider social, emotional and organisational skills needed to be a successful athlete.
Tees Valley Sport Chair, Mike Crawshaw said: “We set up our Future Champions programme in 2010 aimed at talented young athletes aged 12-18. The Hartlepool Young Champions programme will hopefully provide the next generation of Future Champions and establish a pathway for young people wanting to compete at the highest possible level.”