From empty hall to thriving dog-friendly bar: Inside Hartlepool’s new community center


A recently opened bar in Hartlepool has in turn become a community center for residents of all ages.

The new Pavillion Bar, at Grayfields Sports Complex, has grown from an empty upstairs room into the thriving environment it is today.

With the help of local business Igomove and the grassroots team of FC Hartlepool, funds were raised to establish the bar as a community centre.

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The home of FC Hartlepool, the community center has a fully functional sports bar with pool table, darts board and regular live sports on TV.

The bar is also dog-friendly, with bar manager Anthony Jones placing dog treats for four-legged regulars – while their owners enjoy a bacon bun, coffee or even a quick pint.

FC Hartlepool club secretary Chris Murray said: “It is open seven days a week, where parents and children come to a place where they feel at home.

“Not only is it open to the community, but it’s also our players’ training base so they can join in after practice or parents can have tea and coffee while they wait for the end. of the session.

“It’s become a place where everyone, from our three-year-old Little Kickers to our over-40s and Sunday League guys, come to watch live sports, relax or just hang out. warm up!”

Inside the Pavillion Bar at Grayfields Sports Complex

The Pavillion bar can be used regularly throughout the week for all to enjoy, but it can also be reserved for private functions.

From open mic and karaoke nights for the adults to craft sessions for the little ones, the Hartlepool-based bar caters to all members of the local community.

Chris added: “Since the council took over the Grayfields lease, we have wanted to use this clubhouse as it will generate the funds needed to keep the site afloat for the long term. One problem was how to turn an empty room upstairs into what it is now.

“We had a shortfall in our own fundraising and Igomove stepped in to provide us with the funds to equip the place.

“We have known Mark Flint for several years because of his links with the club, he has always supported their businesses and he has driven this business forward.”

Igomove is a real estate agency with roots in Hartlepool, said Mark Flint, who is also a coach at FC Hartlepool:

“As a business, Igomove believes in supporting the community, especially sport and grassroots football, and we are delighted to hear that it has already proven to be a success in the short time that it was opened for business.

“May this continue for a long time.”

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