Grant is a real winner for school football team

Pictured clockwise, from left ' Andrew Williams, support teacher and football coach, David Townsley, school governor, Councillor Joanne Bell representing the Boldon Colliery ward councillors, Headteacher Tony Gill, Councillor Alan Smith representing the Fellgate and Hedworth ward councillors and Jayne Taylor, school governor, pictured with Hedworth Lane's Year 5/6 school football team.
Pictured clockwise, from left ' Andrew Williams, support teacher and football coach, David Townsley, school governor, Councillor Joanne Bell representing the Boldon Colliery ward councillors, Headteacher Tony Gill, Councillor Alan Smith representing the Fellgate and Hedworth ward councillors and Jayne Taylor, school governor, pictured with Hedworth Lane's Year 5/6 school football team.

Pupils at a South Tyneside school are getting active through football, thanks to support from local councillors.

Hedworth Lane Primary School in Boldon Colliery has received a grant of £528 from the Jarrow and Boldon Community Area Forum.

The grant has been used to buy four foldaway goalposts, which will be used by pupils in the playground and by the school’s football team.

The goalposts will also be used by the school’s various sports teams and local community groups.

The school have also bought sports strips for their football team after securing sponsorship from local businesses.

Coun Jim Perry, chairman of the forum, said: “I am delighted that we were able to help the school purchase these new goalposts.

“They will enable the pupils to keep active during and outside of school, and gain social and team working skills.

The project has been welcomed by the Boldon Colliery councillors Joanne Bell, Sandra Duncan and Alison Strike.

Coun Bell said: “These goalposts will be a great addition to the kids’ playground and a fantastic resource for the school’s football team.”

Headteacher Tony Gill said: “We are extremely grateful and would like to thank the community area forum for awarding us the funding we needed to buy the two sets of goalposts and to Mr Gowens for sponsoring the strips.

“Without the CAF’s generosity and the commitment from people like Mr Gowens, we would have been unable to buy the sports kit and goalposts, which have had such a positive impact on the school and the children.”