New team to get Hartlepool more active

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A PROJECT that aims to get the people of Hartlepool active has been boosted by the appointment of four new members of staff.

The Feel Good in Hartlepool project has four new sports activators, Emily Hunter, Micky Early, Kay Stokes and Ryan Houghton, to work in the community and encourage people to get involved.

Led by Hartlepool Borough Council’s Sport and Recreation Service, Feel Good in Hartlepool started last month and aims to increase participation in sports such as triathlon, sailing, multi-sports and dance.

The project has received £192,727 in National Lottery funding over three years, as well as backing from partner organisations and £60,000 from the council, taking the project’s value to more than £330,000.

Louise Wallace, the council’s director of public health, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Emily, Micky, Kay and Ryan to the Feel Good in Hartlepool team and I’m sure their knowledge and experience will prove invaluable.

“As a town, Hartlepool faces some big health challenges but we are confident that the project can have a big impact on people’s lifetsyles by encoraging them to become active on a regular basis.”

Volunteer activator Emily and Dance and multi-sports activator Ryan have taken on full-time roles, while sailing activator Micky and triathlon activator Kay will be working part-time.

Potential project partners and members of the public can attend a launch event at Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club in Hartlepool Marina on February 26 from 5pm-8pm.

To attend, email daniel.garthwaite@hartlepool.gov.uk or call (01429) 284047.