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Our Kwik cricket and Tag rugby coaching continues in primary Schools to improve young peoples' cardio- vascular health, eye to ball co-ordination, teamwork and social skills. The young people thoroughly enjoy our 'out of hours' sessions which are held either indoors or outside, depending on prevailing weather conditions.

Young players showing potential are signposted to local clubs.

We continue to hold annual Festivals for Teesside Primary Schools at Normanby Hall Cricket Club. Teams of seven-a-side from squads of ten per team (consisting of at least two girls) complete in mini leagues with the final stages been placed on a knockout basis. We regularly host over 100 schoolchildren at each event and provide personalised certificates to each young person, medals for all semi-finalists, as they compete for the HEATS cups.

We have recently teamed up with Teesside University to reach more young people, also helping young coaches gain experience for their badges, whilst working in train with qualified coaches.

We Provide coaching and organise five-a-side matches, usually at The MFC in the Community Centre at Eston, Middlesbrough. Skills such as basic ball control, passing, shooting, crossing, etc are taught. The young people thoroughly enjoy our sessions and it is gratifying to see the improvement in their levels of fitness over a short period in time.

All who are involved in this activity have been excluded from main stream education or are unemployed. They respond well to the physical and demands and team-building effects, that help to build sound characters. We are to shortly add netball and badminton to the sports we currently coach

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Tag Rugby

We also coach Tag-rugby in primary schools, holding regular festivals on a similar basis to our Kwik Cricket Tournaments. Recently, we have teamed up with Teesside University to help, not only the budding young rugger players of the area, but also to provide practical experience for University students to gain their coaching qualifications, as they coach in tandem, and under supervision, of a qualified coach.

Young players showing potential are signposted to local clubs.

Teams of seven-a-side from squads of ten per team (consisting of at least two girls) compete in mini leagues with the final stages being played on a knockout basis. We regularly host over 100 schoolchildren at each event and provide personalised certificates to each young person, medals for all semi-finalists, as they compete for the HEATS Cup.

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We intend to create a number of clubs, in which young people and their wider family members can work together in a safe and friendly environment for 2 hours each Saturday. They can enjoy such activities as, hairstyling, nailcare, model making, pottry, painting, five-a-side football, Kwik Cricket, Tag-rugby, badminton, trampolining.

HEATS has had previous experience of offering similar activities that were very popular and successful in terms of providing young people and their wider family with valuable time together.

It helped to enhance their mutual understanding of each others needs. Never easy to quantify, it is only now that we are receiving testimonials from young people in their late teens or early twenties of the benefits they experienced from attending our earlier Saturday Morning Clubs. Click here for testimonials

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Football

We provide coaching and organise five-a-side matches, usually at the MFC Football in the Community Centre at Eston, Middlesbrough.

Skills such as basic ball control, passing, shooting, crossing, etc are taught.

The young people thoroughly enjoy our sessions and it is gratifying to see the improvement in their levels of fitness over a short period in time.

 
Hands on history

Working with wood the way the Romans did!

We have teamed up with a local Roman re-enactment group called 'Hands on History'. 'Hands on History' is a charitable organisation which provides workshop facilities to produce fully functional copies, to scale, of Roman equipment and weaponry, made entirely from timber. Demonstrations are made at local re-enactment events.

Over the past few years, the young people have constructed a Roman crane and onager (a siege catapult), similar to those used hundreds of years ago, throughout the Roman Empire. Additionally, they have made, again out of wood, Roman shields, swords, spears, etc.

Skills are taught such as planning and reading plans, geometry, judgement, health and safety, sawing, filing, planing, and chiselling as well as social skills and team work.

The young people thoroughly enjoy their visits and have picked up a variety of skills in a short space in time. We are confident we have some future carpenters in the making here! It is also noticeable how their self esteem and confidence in their own ability has grown since they became involved with the project.

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We continue to work, supporting the Teesside Traveller's Education Service. Linking with the local Middlesbrough Amateur Boxing Club, we provide support and encouragement to the young Travellers who have opted to attend school and continue their education.

A local letter of thanks from a teaching professional for our support:

I am writing to thank you an behalf of the Traveller's Education Service for the tremendous support HEATS continue to give the young Travellers of Teesside.

The difficulty we face in providing much needed support for our youngsters, particularly when they enter their teens, is well documented.

It is very important that we as a body seek to work together with outside agencies such as yourselves, in order to help provide advice help and support to those from the Travelling community, who wish to further their education. Over the past few years Heats has been a constant source of such support, which has not only been appreciated in the profession, but more importantly, the young people themselves.

Your organisation certainly makes a difference! For example, I have been given 6 young people who have recently started secondary school education (a crucial time in their development), and each of them has asked me whether Heats will be involved with them during this academic year. It is extremely important that my colleagues and I give them all the support that they have grown accustomed to and we shall continue to do so. But without your own support it would be that much more difficult.

The young people fully appreciate the help and guidance you give to them, helping them to develop their social skills and aspects of good citizenship. They all look forward to the various projects that HEATS has introduced, which helps them focus on their school work, attendance and general integration with the local community.

Many thanks once again

Kath Wilson Teacher Support

And from the young people themselves

Andy said, "I like the boxing. It is also good to watch. I am glad to go to school because it is interesting!"

John said, "I like the boxing match and I will try to come to school more often so I will be able to go on another trip!"

Another John said, "I think that Heats is very good because it helps us to try hard at school."

Elias said, " think that Heats is very good because it helps us to try hard in school. I am the only person in my family at secondary school so I can get a good education."

We have linked with one of our partners (North Ormesby Development Trust) and into future provision local schools whereby young people representing their respective school councils are invited to attend Board meetings and provide suggestions for improvements and new amenities for their community. This not only provides the community with an insight from a young peoples' perspective, but it also helps young people understand the mechanics of local decision making.

Since our inception we have continued to provide young people with tickets for 'Boro' home matches as rewards and encouragement for best effort. We have also linked up with Middlesbrough Street Wardens to help provide incentives for young people to improve their behaviour and become good citizens.

Kwik Cricket

Date Winners Runners Up
03/02/2005 Cromwell Primary School Ravensworth Junior School
25/05/2005 South Bank Primary School Ravensworth Junior School
14/07/2006 Pennyman Primary School Ravenswoth Junior School
11/07/2007 Abingdon Primary School Pallister Park Primary School
24/07/2008 Abingdon Primary School Caldicotes Primary School
01/07/2009 Abingdon Primary School Ravensworth Junior School

Tag Rugby

Date Winners Runners Up
24/11/2007 Pallister Park Primary School Kader Primary School
24/11/2008 Corpus Christi Primary School Chandlers Ridge Primary School
06/05/2009 Green Lane Primary School Pallister Park Primary School

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