Hartlepool children get the chance to see Pools matches for free

Victoria Park, the home of Hartlepool United Football Club.

Victoria Park, the home of Hartlepool United Football Club.

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Community groups and schools have the chance to attend live football matches for free – thanks to a joint venture.

Young Hartlepool United fans are being given the chance to watch games at Victoria Park next season for free.

The offer comes thanks to a joint venture between Hartlepool Borough Council and the football club.

The School and Football Enterprise Scheme (Safe) offers groups of youngsters the opportunity to watch Hartlepool’s home league games from the family enclosure.

Groups of up to 18 children can take part and the only requirement is that they must arrange their own transport, and be adequately supervised by two adults.

Any community group is welcome to apply, including schools, scouts, guides and church organisations. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further information call Pat Wormald, at Hartlepool Borough Council, on (01429) 523404 or email sport.recreation@hartlepool.gov.uk