STAFF and pupils are gearing themselves up for a knockout event which aims to bring the Catholic community closer together.
The It’s a Knockout-style event will see young and old from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College compete against representatives from all of the Catholic parishes in Hartlepool.
Competitors will take on a range of challenges including wheelbarrow races and a five-a-side football competition with players having to wear flippers.
The event takes place at the Catcote Road school on Saturday, July 2, between 11am and 4pm.
There will be around seven teams from Hartlepool and one from the Hexham and Newcastle diocese taking part.
As well as the main event, people will also be able to enjoy a bouncy castle, stalls, have their faces painted and take part in a treasure hunt.
The Hartlepool-wide Youth Ministry Co-ordination Team has joined forces with the Seven Parishes Social Committee to organise the event.
Bernadette Malcolmson, an ICT teacher at English Martyrs School, said: “The event is going to include young and old from English Martyrs School and all of the Catholic parishes from around the town competing against a team from Washington.
“This is about bringing people together and we have had a lot of interest in the event.
“We have tried to organise a school sports day with a twist.
“There are many other events taking place as well as the main competition including a crossbar challenge, face painting, treasure hunt, stalls, bouncy castle, refreshments and live music throughout the day.”
Tickets for the event, which can be bought on the day, cost £1.
For more information call the school on (01429) 273790.