Pavilion’s paint job

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A SPORTS pavilion has been given a colourful face-lift by a group of talented students.

A football mural now takes pride of place at Grayfields Sports Pavilion, off Jesmond Gardens, in Hartlepool.

The homage to Hartlepool United FC was created by a group of six people on a NCSE work skills course.

They devoted more than a dozen hours to the project that will greet people visiting the centre.

Lucy Harris, a tutor on the course that is run by Learning First, said: “The group is made up of people that have learning disabilities and the course sees them develop and practice skills.

“The mural was a way to get them all working together and thinking about teamwork. There are various aspects to the course and all are designed to be put to use in everyday life.

“The course was running at Grayfields so we thought we would do something that fitted in with the environment, and obviously football is the main thing that takes place on the fields.

“The final result is excellent, this is something they can all be very proud of. It was also a lot of fun to do and they all really enjoyed it.”

The painting took six weeks to do, with the group picking up brushes every Thursday afternoon.

The course ran in partnership with Middlesbrough College and Hartlepool Day Services.

Grayfields is one of the largest open spaces in Hartlepool and provides for various sports along with offering facilities at the pavilion.