Archive for April, 2017

Trustees Appointed

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

At our Management Committee Meeting on Monday 3rd April 2017, discussions were held in regards to the VODA recommended ‘Association’ model, Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), with Chairman Tommy Brannon, asking Network Clubs for Trustees.

Daniel Njai (Blyth Running Club), Chris Mole and John Brettell (North Shields Polytechnic & Athletics Club), and Bill Todd (Wallsend Harriers), stepped forward and declared that they wanted to be Trustees, and that they had the support of their Clubs.

With a minimum requirement of 3 Trustees to become an Association model CIO, the new Trustees, Chairman Tommy Brannon, and Elizabeth Grace, VODA met on Monday 10th April 2017, and agreed to the new wording of our new constitution.

At a subsequent meeting on 20th April 2017, the new Constitution was agreed, and adopted as our governing document, and all the Trustees signed the required Trustees Declaration Form, acknowledging that they are aware of the requirements of their role, and that they have read and understood the Charity Commission’s safeguarding policies.


NOTAN take on Senior Winter Grand Prix series

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Two members of North Shields Polytechnic & Athletics Club, who organised a winter grand prix training event for the last 30 years, stepped down in April 2017. Although this was thought to be the end of a grand event new organisers stepped forward.

However, following difficulties identifying an insurance company willing to take them on, NOTAN offered to become hosts. In what is “an acceptable to both sides” agreement, NOTAN now have responsibility for the event. Chairman, Tommy Brannon, said “I hope that this will dismiss the belief that we are a “for the kids” organisation and people now understand that we provide services for the whole athletics community”.  

Site visit by Nick Settle (Clubs Support Manager)

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

On Thursday 13th April 2017, Chairman Tommy Brannon, met the newly appointed England Athletics Clubs Support Manager, for the North East, Nick Settle to give him a tour of Churchill Playing Fields and discuss our proposed asset transfer of the facility. Action points of the meeting included Nick, to investigate the fob key system that Warrington AC use; Nick to send price list of accessing the track and field facilities at Warrington (completed); Nick to explore whether our new CIO status would result in our having to re-affiliate to England Athletics as a new organisation. 

Teleconference with Michael Hunt and Nick Settle

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

On Wednesday 12th April 2017, Chairman Tommy Brannon, participated in a teleconference with Michael Hunt (UK Athletics Facilities Manager) and Nick Settle (England Athletics Clubs Support Manager), to discuss the proposed asset transfer of Churchill Playing Fields. Mr Hunt is due to have a meeting with North Tyneside Council regarding their plans for athletics provision in future years. During this he will encourage the Council to invest to the facility prior to handing it over. He will also try to ascertain the deficit at Churchill Playing Fields, and thereafter propose a meeting with NOTAN. 

NOTAN to become a registered charity.

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Registered Charity status took a giant leap forward for the Management Committee of the North of Tyne Athletics (NOTAN) on Monday 10th April 2017.

Witnessed by representatives of VODA (Voluntary Organisations Development Agency), and England Athletics, Management Committee members of Blyth Road Runners, North Shields Polytechnic & Athletics Club, and Wallsend Harriers, agreed to become Trustees of a newly constituted ‘Association’, model Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).

The arrangement brings to an end the series of roadshows by NOTAN’s Chairman, Tommy Brannon, to Network Club Management Committees of NOTAN’s seven Network Clubs.

The agreement means that NOTAN  can now take the necessary steps towards changing from an unconstituted organisation towards registered charity status.

“This is a huge moment in our history”, said Chairman, Tommy Brannon.