Teachers up against police

MORE than 1,000 youngsters are set to descend on a football stadium to see their teachers go head-to-head with police officers.

A massive fundraising day is being planned for Thursday, March 22, at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park for Sports Relief 2012.

It will see youngsters from across the town’s secondary schools visit the Clarence Road ground to cheer on Hartlepool’s teaching staff as they take on the town’s cops.

And there will be a few wild cards in the line-ups, including former Pools and England legend Peter Beardsley who will be pulling on his boots.

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond will also be running out, while town MP Iain Wright is hoping to attend.

ITV’s Take Me Out star and assistant sport and physical activity officer for Hartlepool Borough Council Liam Lewis will also be taking part.

Inspector Lee Rukin, of Hartlepool Police and who is organising the event, said: “This is about youth interaction and youth engagement between Hartlepool youngsters and uniformed services.

“We will be promoting healthy activities and lifestyles and providing children with the chance to take part in a large-scale charity event.

“Police and their teachers are two of the biggest authority figures in their lives, but we are approachable and can have fun as well.

“It is sure to be a great day that will not only be great for everyone involved but will hopefully raise a lot of money for Sports Relief.”

The game will kick-off at 11am when 100 pupils from each of the town’s secondary schools, English Martyrs, Manor College of Technology, High Tunstall College of Science and St Hild’s, will have been bussed in to take their seats. Catcote School Business and Enterprise College and the Pupil Referral Centre will also be sending children.

Year 7, 8 and 9 students at Dyke House Sports and Technology College will be walking to the ground from their Mapleton Road school as part of Sport Relief’s walk-a-mile campaign.

Andrew Jordon, headteacher at Dyke House, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for students and staff at Hartlepool schools to interact with the whole community while raising money for an excellent cause.”

Pupils at Dyke House will be raising sponsor money for the walk while all those attending the game will be asked to pay anything from 1p to £1 to get in the ground.

A wide spectrum of policing will be on show during the day with traffic officers and the dog section also being involved.

Cleveland Police’s chief officers will also be taking part in the walk to the stadium.

Other attractions on the day will include the force helicopter hovering just above the pitch, all six of Cleveland’s police horses trotting around the stadium and a fun penalty shoot-out at half-time.

Mark Simpson, spokesman for Hartlepool United, said: “We are more than happy to be able to stage the game and help raise the profile of the charity while raising funds along the way.

“I’m sure it will be a successful event for everyone.”

Anyone wanting to get involved in the event or sponsor the activities is asked to contact Insp Rukin on 07525 406440 or email lee.rukin@cleveland.pnn.police.uk