Archive for January, 2017

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Athletic calendar 2017 timetable of local track and field events

VODA and Elmgrove Management Consultants help NOTAN develop Business Plan

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Ian Dougall, Supported Volunteering Manager, Voluntary Organisations Development Agency (VODA), and Jill Dodds from Elmgrove Management Consultants, came to the aid of NOTAN when we requested help to develop our Business Plan 2017 -2022: Developing a Community Asset.


During discussions with North Tyneside Council Sports Development officials and Councillor Ian Grayson, with regards to the proposed asset transfer of Churchill Playing Fields, in November 2016, a robust business plan (or at least a draft plan) had been requested to enable talks to continue. 


NOTAN, turned to long-term partners, VODA for assistance. Ian, hosted a meeting with Jill Dodds, at their Queen Alexandra Road offices and the blue-print of the Business Plan was developed. A NOTAN official, said “Without the support, and direction of Jill and Ian our Business Plan would still be a scraps of notes. Their patience and guidance has help NOTAN compile a document that we are proud of”.

The Business Plan will be presented at the next Committee Meeting, and if approved will be sent to the printers.

Floodlight Survey Completed

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Alex Talton, Halliday Lighting, completed his survey of the floodlights at Churchill Playing Fields, Whitley Bay, on Wednesday 25th January 2017, thanks to the support of Bill Milbourne, Claremont Road Runners.

Bill, who regularly trains at the track on most Wednesday’s, was on hand to ensure that Mr Talton was able to complete his survey of the current facilities. Mr Talton, later thanked NOTAN officials for their assistance and will be sending us his completed report (including a proposal for a new floodlighting design) in due course.




NOTAN makes progress with asset transfer

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
Earlier this week, NOTAN (North of Tyne Athletics Network) made progress with its application to acquire Churchill Playing Fields, by asset transfer from North Tyneside Council by meeting Council officials for a second time on Monday 16th January 2017.  
Following the initial meeting in mid-December, NOTAN’s Chairman, Tommy Brannon, and Network Co-ordinator, Michelle Wordsworth, met with the Council’s Group Manager for Sports Development & Outdoor Leisure Facilities, Lindsay Reid; Sports Development Officer, Mandy Bennett; and Properties and Amenities Manager, Ian Lillie. 
During the 90 minute meeting a number of key factors in the asset transfer process were discussed including: 
1. North Tyneside Council’s Community Discount Policy
2. North Tyneside Council’s Asset Transfer Framework
3.  Sport England Application: Community Asset Funding, 
4. Ongoing maintenance and replacement costs of Churchill Playing Fields
5. Usage figures by local Harriers, schools and community groups
6.  The NOTAN Partnership. 
Following the meeting, NOTAN’s Chairman, Tommy Brannon said: “There is still some way to go but I felt that today’s meeting went well and both parties are agreeing to work together for a mutually beneficial outcome for the residents of North Tyneside”. 


NOTAN awarded wheelchair racer and seated throws equipment

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Following an application to be part of the Wheel Appeal Athletics Club Equipment Project with England Athletics and WheelPower, NOTAN was informed on 12th January 2017, that our application had been successful, and that the North of Tyne Athletics Network are to receive a set of wheelchair racing equipment and a seated throwing frame on loan for one year.


NOTAN are now in consultation with Chris Turner at WheelPower, John Stacey, England Athletics’ Club and Coach Support Officer, Mandy Bennett, North Tyneside Council and Ian Woodward, North Shields Polytechnic Club, for the delivery, and storage for the equipment.

NOTAN hopes that the racing wheelchairs and the seated throws equipment will be used to encourage others into our sport through such events as taster days at our 3 local schools for disabled children; inclusive training days for adults with disabilities e.g. integrated into our multi-events training on Sunday’s, and enable children and adults to compete in local, regional and national events.


Once you are in receipt of the equipment my colleague Helen Newberry will be in touch (I am due off on maternity leave today) to discuss any support you may require with regards coach/leader development, marketing etc in conjunction with

to confirm the relevant reporting but just so you are aware I have outlined the requirements below.