Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation is the charitable arm of Hartlepool United Football Club .
It exists to promote the club in the community and deliver positive activities for people of all ages and backgrounds.
The Hartlepool Kicks programme runs sports provision in targeted areas of Hartlepool.
Community-based evening sessions use a mix of sport and other activities. They run as informal turn up and play sessions.
Sessions will run in areas directed by Cleveland Police with the aim of engaging young people not already taking part in formal exercise or organised sport.
The project uses the power of football to engage with young people. Sports activity helps improve physical and mental wellbeing, as well as self-confidence.
The main aim of the project is to help reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour by diverting young people into positive activities.
Hartlepool FC Kicks Project will include the following:
- Informal turn up and play sessions for 8-12 and 12-15-year-olds one day per week, in targeted areas. Each session lasts1.5 hours;
- Mentors, who will establish a link to the schools which the young people attend. Mentors will work directly with schools to help improve the attendance, attitude, behaviour and attainment of young people.
- Substance misuse awareness and sexual health workshops.
Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation has requested funding from the PCC to continue the Hartlepool Kicks Project for 16 weeks up until March 2021 (subject to COVID restrictions). Funding will contribute to facility hire, pay for qualified sports coaches and equipment.
To approve £4,280 spend from the Community Safety Initiative Fund for Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation to deliver a diversionary sports provision programme for 16 weeks (subject to COVID restrictions).