A match with some of Pools' finest young players paid off for students and staff at Stockton Riverside College Bede Sixth Form.
The college team not only got to put their football skills to the test against Pools Youth Team but they made it count by raising money for charity at the same time.
Delivering a cheque this week to The Northern Gas and Power Stadium on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK, event organiser Dave Morgan said: “It was an amazing opportunity to host Hartlepool’s Youth Team and everyone who took part loved it.”
Manager of the SRC Sports Centre in Billingham where the friendly contest took place, Dave added: “What better chance to raise money and awareness for such a worthy cause?”
The college chose Prostate Cancer UK knowing that it is a charity close to the hearts of both Pools and the Club’s Honorary President Jeff Stelling.
Last year the TV sports presenter raised significant funds and awareness of the cause when he walked 10 marathons in 10 days from Hartlepool to Wembley.
While the youth squad proved tough competition for the students both teams enjoyed the charity match which was the first game ever played on the SRC Sports Centre’s new FA registered Astro pitch.
Pools’ Operations Director Mark Burrows said: “We are always delighted to support community efforts like this, plus the Youth Team got some good practice under their belts.
“We have close ties with Prostate Cancer UK so we were happy to be able to help raise funds and awareness.”