Hartlepool charity trustees to play in football match to raise awareness of The Studio’s plight

The Studio's football team who are going to play a match in Scotland.
The Studio's football team who are going to play a match in Scotland.

CHARITY trustees are going over the border to play the old enemy in a football match as they continue to try and raise awareness of an under-threat town music venue.

The Studio 11, made up of trustees of the Tower-Street based venue and charity, are making the trip north to Dalgety Bay, a coastal town in Fife to play an 11-a-side match against a Scottish Sunday league team.

One of The Studio’s opposition team players is a friend of one of the Hartlepool lads and the two teams set about organising the match.

The Studio 11 are now on the lookout for donations and sponsorship to pay for the travel and kit for the match - and are also hoping the game helps to raise awareness of the continued work of The Studio trustees despite the fact the venue is up for sale.

Phil Swinburne, chairman of the trustees, said: “We just want to keep raising awareness for The Studio.

“We want people to know we are still here and we aren’t giving in.

“We are hoping to get some support to go towards a kit and the travel up there and for the charity.”

Phil, 45, from Rossmere, and all of the other trustees retain hope that The Studio’s problems can be solved.

Hartlepool College of Further Education and Cleveland College of Art And Design saved the popular venue from the brink of collapse two years ago when The Studio fell into voluntary liquidation. But the two facilities were forced to withdraw their support last month and the music-spot will close at the end of this year unless a buyer is found.

There have been a number of interested parties, as revealed in the Mail. But while talks take place, the trustees are hoping to continue to raise awareness of the venue in the hope it will be bought and maintained as a music venue. To donate to the Studio 11 and support the charity or for more information call (01429) 424440.

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