Competitive spirits shine through at #LoveHartlepool Games

Published Tuesday, 30th July 2019

More than 400 children from across the town recently took part in at the inaugural #LoveHartlepool Games sporting event.

Organised to coincide with National School Sports Week, 15 schools from across the town took part in the two-day event at Brierton Sports Centre, with competitors going head to head in a series of competitions.

Double-reigning 60m champion Richard Kilty was a guest speaker at the event, sharing his successes and showing attendees how sports could shape their lives.

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Children also had the chance to try taster sessions of sports including Kwick Kricket, tag rugby, dance, netball, football, athletics and dodgeball, to see if they would be interested in joining clubs in the town.

Rebecca Robinson, one of the Council’s Sports and Physical Activity Officers, said: “The #LoveHartlepool campaign is all about celebrating our town’s successes, and the determination and sportsmanship shown by the children who took part definitely made us proud to be from Hartlepool

“They were so determined and put so much effort in, but treat each other with fairness and respect, which is what the spirit of the games was all about. 

“We are definitely keen to run this event next year and hope to welcome even more children along for a day of fun, fitness and sport.

“We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Oaksway Netball Club and Durham County Cricket Club for volunteering their time to come along and lead children through the sessions.”

For more information on the range of activities taking place for children across the summer break, visit