Pools Youth Team took part in a Charity Match at SRC St Bede Sixth Form in Billingham on Wednesday as youngsters raised money for Prostate Cancer UK.
The game was scheduled to celebrate the launch of the SRC Sports Centre’s brand new FA registered Astro pitch and Pools boss Craig Hignett was there to cut the ribbon alongside former Middlesbrough star Gary Pallister.
Hignett was delighted to be part of the fund-raising for Prostate Cancer UK after taking part in a leg of Jeff Stelling’s Men United March earlier this year.
“The 10 marathons in 10 days raised unbelievable awareness and money for Prostate Cancer UK,” he explained
“So when I heard this event was for the same charity I was only too happy to get involved.”
While Pools Youth Team proved a stern test for the SRC Bede Students and Staff team, they were delighted to get a chance to come up against them in the friendly contest.
“The fact we got to play Hartlepool United’s Youth Team is a massive thing for us,” said SRC Sports Centre Manager, Dave Morgan.
“Both the students and the staff were really excited, plus it meant we got to our bit for a worthy cause.”
Sport student Billy Shackleton, 18, of Billingham added: “I am a Pools fan so I was looking forward to the game, that and the fact it was for charity.
“It was also a good test for us to see where we stand against a team like theirs.”
The match was the first played on the Sports Centre’s new FIFA 1 standard Astro pitch.