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Some of our Projects

High Tunstall Garage

We have several different working projects and every week is different. 

We currently have Car Mechanics and Young People working on several different vehicles each week, Bike Maintenance, and we'll soon be starting our Boat Building projects too. 

There's also a chill out zone where you can grab a brew and chat. 

Working with Starfish Health & Wellbeing, Let's Connectlocal engineers and mechanics and hosted by High Tunstall College

FREE Boxing & Martial Arts Tasters

Working with a range of partners, we funded some taster sessions throughout August at Summerhill Visitors Centre. Age 11-18?

The young people we have been working with wanted these sessions to continue past the Summer, so we were able to extend these to Easter - and keep them free too. A local Karate club, Hartlepool Wadokai also provided free meals and additional support. 

See the case study report here

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Connected Communities

Sported are leading on a Hartlepool Connected Communities work stream alongside Hartlepool SportHartlepower and several local clubs, schools and other providers. The theme of the project is around Inclusion. 

100's of responses have been received so far from children and young people with some stand out findings below:

Specific activities requested:

Swimming; Throwing; Football; Rugby; Trampolining; Dodgeball; Gymnastics; Cricket; Basketball; Table tennis; Dance; Running; Boxing;


Key challenges for Young People:

  • Finding groups that are inclusive or hold separate SEN sessions

  • Concern for safety

  • Lack of SEN training (coaches / volunteers)

  • Sensory difficulties

  • Noise / too many people

  • Judgement of others

  • Lack of confidence

  • Lack of motivation

If you are interested in getting support for your club/group to make it more accessible for young people with additional needs, please contact k.foley@sported.org.uk for more information. 

Community

Club Network

There are over 100 sports clubs in Hartlepool! That's incredible for such a small town. Clubs, dance schools, PTs and other providers of health, fitness and sport are the experts on the ground. 

By working together, we have the collective power to raise aspirations, reduce health inequalities and make Hartlepool and event better place to live, work and play. 

The Club Network events aim to bring club leaders together, to address some inequalities. 

These informal discussions allow us to:

  • learn more about the great work you are all doing every day. 

  • understand what support clubs need to reach their goals. 

  • tell you a little bit more about Hartlepool Sport CIC and The PFC Trust, the current work streams, plans for the future and how you can get more involved

We will be arranging the dates of the next series of group network events soon. We are also happy to arrange club visits or one-to-one calls / face-to-face meetings if you'd prefer to discuss anything that way, again simply email hartlepoolsport@yahoo.com to schedule something.

Networking Event

Fundraising

Hartlepool Sport took the lead on the successful 2021 U Change Lives 25 #UC25 fundraising drive for Hartlepool Carers. 

It was a challenge to launch this campaign during one of the Covid-19 lockdown periods, but the community really stepped up - helping us raise over £50,000 to purchase 2 respite caravans for young carers to use. 

More recently, we helped our parent charity, The PFC Trust to raise over £110,000 at it's first Annual Gala. 

Collecting Donations

Together Fund

There are 3 local organisations that have an allocation of the Together Fund (formerly Tackling Inequality Fund) to share across the region, Tees Valley SportSported and StreetGames are working alongside Hartlepool Borough CouncilHartlepower and Hartlepool Sport to ensure that the funding reaches those organisations that are best placed to get people active. 

Broadly speaking, Tees Valley Sport are looking at groups not-traditionally associated with sport and physical activity that are looking at supporting people to become more active, or traditional groups looking at new ways of tackling inactive people. 

Sported are looking at member groups (you can join Sported via their website) who are keen to reduce barriers to participation, raise activity levels and promote inclusion. 

StreetGames are looking at their LTO's (locally trusted organisations - again, you can sign up to become an LTO on their website) across the region who are already delivering or are looking at delivering Doorstep sport, which is activity delivered at the right time, in the right place, at the right price and style for the right people (i.e. Disadvantaged youth). 

If you have a project that fits the above, that could use a little funding to get it started then please contact us or contact one of the above organisations directly:

Tees Valley Sport - Louise Morris - l.morris@tees.ac.uk
Sported - Kathryn Foley - k.foley@sported.org.uk
StreetGames - Lindsay Hildreth - lindsay.hildreth@streetgames.org
 
Additional support can be sought from Juli at Hartlepower or Paula at HBC

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Volunteering

Well trained, enthusiastic volunteers can play a vital role in reaching those most disadvantaged, especially if we are able to recruit leaders from within the very communities we are aiming to work with.

 

This training and devolved decision making will be partnered with a town-wide volunteer-hours certificate scheme, working with established voluntary sector organisations and statutory providers to ensure that our volunteers are recognised and highly valued in their own right and ultimately ‘helping individuals help themselves and their neighbours’, tying in with the current Sport England strategy.

We are also working with Hartlepool Borough Council to support the "on-boarding" of new volunteers into sport. 

Charity Volunteers

PESSPA

Our local schools and colleges are amazing, and help our children and young people get active every day. 

By working with Head Teachers, Governors and other leaders and delivers of school PE, School Sport and Physical Activity, we can work to overcome some long term, stubborn inequalities, promote active lives and physical literacy and also inspire the next generation of sporting superstars. 

We have several school projects that represent a significant investment of time, effort and funding. We will be able to announce some of these projects soon. 

School Kids

Club Development

We work with clubs every day, and we recognise that every club is different. 

We have delivered lots of FREE training courses for clubs and other providers, including:

  • Safeguarding

  • Emergency First Aid

  • Introduction to Doorstep Sport

  • Getting Young People Active After Covid

  • Wellbeing First Responder

...with lots more planned. 

We also support clubs with governance and sustainability, best practise and capacity building. 

Networking Event

Young People's Voice & Power

Active consultation and participation of our young people is essential. 

We have been shadowing the specialists at West View Project as they deliver their School Council forums, and took part in their School Conference alongside a range of partners.  

We are also building up our network of clubs who are interested in empowering their young people, to ensure they have a direct say in how clubs operate. 

Several clubs have already established "youth committees" or have representatives for young people on their main committees which is great to see. 

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Bike Library & Bike Maintenance

We have been working with Cleveland Police, the OPCC, Durham Police and Hartlepool Wadokai Karate Club and RunFit Health & Fitness/Rusty Spokes to collect/re-purpose pre-loved bikes.

Our latest batch of over a dozen bikes have just been donated to the Horizon School. These will be refurbished and used by the young people to build up practical skills. 

Some of the Young People we are working with are also learning how to recondition bikes as part of our High Tunstall Garage Project. 

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EYFS / Children & Families

Hartlepool Sport is part of the Voluntary Sector "Children & Families Working Group" which works closely with statutory services. 

We are currently working with the Youth Sport Trust to support the efforts of Early Years Foundation Stage Settings to improve Physical Literacy, Speech and Language in under 5's. 

Family Time

Defibs

"You don't have to be a fireman to use a fire extinguisher, you don't have to be a paramedic to use a defibrillator."

In 2021 there were some  unfortunate incidents of cardiac arrest both locally with the sad passing of Danny Shurmer who was a much-loved local cricketer (Hartlepool United FC honoured Danny in the 43rd minute of the National League play-off final) and internationally with the incident involving Denmark’s Christian Eriksen in the Euro 2020 game against Finland.

Hartlepool Sport mapped the existing provision of Defibrillators in sports venues and within statutory services with the intention of fundraising to plug gaps in coverage, signpost to exiting defibrillators and raise awareness and training overall. 

At the same time, the family of the late Danny Shurmer were busy creating a lasting tribute to him by doing a similar body of work. The DS43 group have been doing such an incredible job at covering the town with defibs that we have been able to take  step back from this area 

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Start Ups & Re-Launch

As part of our Club Development, we are able to support new groups to set-up and established groups to re-launch, something that we have done a lot this past year due to the global pandemic. 

Two recent examples of Startups that we have recently supported are Huskies Basketball Club & the North East Cycling Academy. 

Two recent clubs supported to re-launch are Hartlepool Sportability and Hartlepool Table Tennis Club. 

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Social Enterprise Support & LARCH

Many local clubs are Social Enterprises, and those that don't necessarily see themselves as such can benefit from some business support and mentoring.

When clubs have several sources of income, including trading, they are less dependent upon grant funding and fundraising which makes them more future proof and sustainable.

We are working alongside LARCH, to create accessible support and content to help clubs develop their social enterprise and business acumen. 

This is in the early stages but we are keen to speak to clubs to shape this workstream. 

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Doorstep Sport

We are working alongside Street Games & Active Hartlepool to see if we can support more Doorstep sport in our communities. 

We are looking for people who would like to train as Community Activators to help provide sporting opportunities in their local area. 

Please contact paula.carroll@hartlepool.gov.uk for more information

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Hartlepool Rugby Club

The growth in Women & Girls Rugby has been incredible to witness locally.

Hartlepool Rugby Club have seen a massive increase in numbers and we were pleased to be able to support this through a small grant for taster sessions. 

Hartlepool Mail Article (Image below also from Hartlepool Mail)

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Keith Hutchinson / Hartlepool Striders & The Extra Yard

We have been supporting Keith as an athlete (via a PFC Trust athlete bursary) and more recently have provided funding and support to qualify as an athletics coach. 

Hartlepool Striders is now supporting dozens of people each week to get active, and local athletes to progess to the next level via The Extra Yard. 

See a recent Press release for more informtion. 

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Voluntary Sector Strategic Partnership

There are hundreds of VCSE organisations in Hartlepool, doing a whole range of things for the community. 

Hartlepool Sport is part of the newly formed VCSE Strategic Partnership (name to be decided on). 

 

We will share more information on this soon. 

Our CEO, Carl is one of the VCS reps on the Health & Wellbeing Board and also the TEWV Community Transformation working group. 

We are currently reviewing some elements of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment on behalf of the VCS H&WB Alliance.

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Kino Hart - Video Blogger

KinoHart creates videos, podcasts and multimedia content for the use of promotion, spotlighting for corporate and 3rd sector businesses social enterprises, helping break down the barriers of entry for everybody.

We have worked closely with Gareth to support his start-up, and Gareth has helped us talk about wellbeing, and support several local clubs and many other local organisations by showcasing their offers in an accessible way. 

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Food & FInancial Support

Unfortunately, the rising cost of living is putting many local families and individuals into difficult circumstances. 

We are working with the Hartlepool Food Council and the Hartlepool Financial Inclusion Partnership to get support information out to as many places as possible. 

 

Hartlepower, The Trussell Trust and others have been updating support details here.  

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