Sign up for street league

THE search is on for young footballers to take part in a league competition.

The Grayfields Street League, which is run by Hartlepool Council’s sport and recreation service, aims to give players aged six-18 an opportunity to use their spare time constructively.

It enables them to not only improve their football, but to also develop new skills around teamwork, communication, discipline and taking responsibility.

Matches take place at Grayfields Recreation Ground every Friday evening from 6pm-9pm, and there are separate competitions for under-10s, under-12s, under-14s, under-16s and under-18s.

Structured coaching sessions are available for under-8s.

Particular emphasis is placed on skill and technique as matches involve teams of three players competing on reduced-size pitches with a smaller than usual ball and smaller goals.

The league begins again tomorrow and Liam Lewis, assistant sports development officer, said: “We are still some way short of last year’s total of 35 teams, although a number of teams have indicated that they intend to compete again.

“Nevertheless, we would love to hear from other teams that have previously taken part and not yet signed up, and also any new teams wishing to get involved.

“Teams can register by calling or e-mailing me or turning up on Friday which will be very much an introductory session. The league will start properly the following week.”

Teams need a minimum of three players but can have up to four. There is a charge of £2 per week per team and the structured coaching sessions for under-8s cost £1 per person per week.

For further information, including how to register a team, contact Liam on (01429) 284052 or e-mail: liam.lewis@hartlepool.gov.uk