Volleyball appeal

VOLLEYBALL: Members of Brinkburn Volleyball Club.
VOLLEYBALL: Members of Brinkburn Volleyball Club.

SPORTY residents are being encouraged to help support a new club.

Brinkburn Volleyball Club, which is the only one of its kind in Hartlepool, launched in September with the help of funding from Sport England.

The club, which trains at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, off Blakelock Road, has 22 members ranging in age from 14 to people in their 50s.

Officers at Hartlepool Borough Council are keen to attract new members, volunteers and coaches to help run the club.

The club was initially launched as a Sportivate Programme, which is part of Sport England’s People, Places and Play strategy, but officers hope to keep it running by encouraging as many people as possible to join in the fun.

The club, which launched in September, received £946 from Sport England with the aim of attracting more people to take up volleyball.

Gemma Saunders, the council’s senior sports development officer, said: “Volleyball is a really accessible sport and everybody is welcome to come along and join in the fun.

“Even if they haven’t played before, we have beginner sessions to suit everyone.

“If people have played the sport in the past then this is a good opportunity to start again.

“The original funding was aimed at setting the club up for an eight-week programme and we are now trying to establish it and keep it running.

“There is a volleyball club in Stockton, but there is nothing like this in Hartlepool at the moment.”

Organisers have ambitions to become affiliated with England Volleyball, which will allow them to join local leagues and play other teams from across the region.

The launch of the new club has been a joint initiative between the council, Cleveland Fire Brigade, who supply the coaches, and Hartlepool Sixth Form College.

The club meets every Thursday between 5.30pm and 7pm.

However, from November 24, that will be split into two sessions with juniors and beginners meeting between 5pm and 6pm, and adults training between 6pm and 7pm.

The sessions, which costs £2, start with a warm-up before a skills session and then a game.

The minimum age is 14.

For more information call (01429) 284047 or email gemma.saunders@hartlepool.gov.uk