Hebburn Town football club donates new equipment for youth football sessions

A South Tyneside football club has donated new equipment to help youngsters enjoy new football sessions in the borough.

Thursday, 20th January 2022, 4:55 am
Updated Thursday, 20th January 2022, 10:52 am
Simon Carr, Hebburn Town's clubs kit coordinator, and Aidan Heywood who runs the session on a Friday.

Hebburn Town Juniors FC donated bibs, cones and balls to South Tyneside Council for their new football sessions held for youngsters in the area.

The new football sessions are held on Friday evenings from 7pm to 8.45pm at Clegwell & Hartleyburn Community Hub in Mountbatten Avenue, Hebburn.

Organisers say the sessions aim to give young people a place to go and do something constructive while having fun, instead of hanging out on the streets and potentially getting into trouble.

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Steve Richardson of Hebburn Town Juniors FC said the club was thrilled to get behind such a productive project for young people in the area.

“The key thing of the sessions is to keep kids off the street, and there’s not a great deal of places to play football,” he said.

"We saw the council session and we said we’d help promote it putting it out on our social media.

"We saw the value the session has to youngsters particularly on a Friday night.”

Not only was the club happy to support the football sessions, they also wanted to provide any equipment needed to carry out the sessions.

Although the club has already made a generous donation to the project, it will also be providing some pop-up goals for use at the sessions.

"The club is the hub of the community and we’ll do anything we can to help people out,” said Steve.

It comes after a great 2021 for Hebburn Town, with The Hornets winning the FA Vase at Wembley, which got the whole area buzzing.

Steve said the club is continuing to grow, and is aiming to develop its ladies football team to get more women involved in playing and coaching the sport.

It has recently developed a Recreational “Just Play” session for women aged 16+ to help women make new friends, improve their physical and mental wellbeing and have fun.

Sessions run at Hebburn Town Sports Club on Tuesday evenings 8pm-9pm, costing £2. Bookings can be made online at https://bit.ly/htj_justplay