Hartlepool school kids are being encouraged to take up sport for life with a series of weekly Futsal sessions.
Futsal - a modified form of football - will take place at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, with the aim instil a love of sport in children and increase the chances of lifelong participation.
The sessions are led by the head coach of Teeside Futsal Group, Greg Gavin, 21.
He said: “It is the children that really matter, and I want the public to understand how difficult it is these days for children, parents and young adults, to get into sports - especially in Hartlepool.”
Popular in Brazil, Futsal is a form of five-a-side football usually played indoors.
Earlier this month children aged 11 and 12 had the chance to take part in free taster sessions to give them a chance to try out the sport.
Permanent weekly Futsal sessions kicked off at Dyke House this week, and will run on Tuesdays from 5pm to 6pm - with children able to try their first two sessions for free.
Sessions take athlete centred approach rather than a traditional coach centred philosophy.
“They are great for those who have previously played sport and have dropped out to get them back into sport or to develop a lifelong passion for sport from a young age,” Mr Gavin added.
For more information visit: http://www.thefutsalpartnership.com