Game on for community centre’s fundraising darts competition

Game On will be held at Blackhall Community Centre.
Game On will be held at Blackhall Community Centre.

Blackhall Community Centre is set to host its second annual Game On darts competition as it continues to raise funds with a view of becoming self-sustainable.

The centre relies heavily on funding and grants so its staff are trying a number of different events in order to encourage the community to utilise its services as it looks to manage on its own income.

Last year’s maiden tournament proved to be a tremendous success, with players from Blackhall, Hartlepool, Easington, Wingate and Peterlee competing to win a £100 cash prize, backed by a strong and vocal crowd of around 100.

Lesley Robinson and Steve Lawson won last year’s competition in their respective categories; this year, organisers are aiming to attract more players to compete, as well as a larger audience in a bid to fill the centre to capacity.

The entry fee is £5, which must be paid in advance at the centre on Hesleden Road in Blackhall.

And they want men and women to come forward with a darting nickname and choice of entrance music – the format on the night being similar to that shown on TV.

Members of the public can show their support for those taking part for just £3.

The event is being organised by a group of hard-working and dedicated volunteers who are eager for the centre to continue to grow and become self-sustainable in the future.

The centre has recently formed a partnership with Utility Alliance Ltd, which also partners with Hartlepool United, and they are working together to make this year’s event bigger and better than last year.

Alison Paterson, the centre’s manager, said: “The success and support that we had last year for a first event was fantastic. The team are working even harder this year to try and top that. All I can say is come on people, get your Game On!”

The event will take place on Saturday, September 23, starting at 4pm and running until between 11pm and midnight.

There will be a fully licensed bar available, as well as food being served later in the night and a raffle taking place.

For further information, join Blackhall Community Centre’s official Facebook page, follow them on Twitter @BlackhallAli or call the centre on 0191 586 7396.