Archive for May, 2017

Emma joins the Team

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Emma Plummer of St Thomas More Academy School and Heaton Harriers, today agreed to become a Welfare Officer for NOTAN.

Joining our long standing Welfare Officer, Bill Milbourne (Claremont Harriers), Emma will be responsible for supporting Clubs deal with any safeguarding issues.

On the back of NOTAN’s application to become a registered charity we are currently in the process of devising a series of Welcome packs to help Club’s with their governance procedures and as part of this work Emma, created a safeguarding practices guide for coaches, technical officers, and team managers.


Registered Charity Application submitted

Friday, May 19th, 2017

NOTAN’s application to become a registered charity was submitted on 18th May 2017.

Following months of work with Elizabeth Grace, VODA Development Officer, and the agreement of the Trustees our application to become a registered charity was finally submitted yesterday. This is another significant step in our bid to acquire the asset transfer of the athletics facilities at Churchill Playing Fields, from North Tyneside Council.

Confirmation of our application should be within 8 weeks.

Special athletics clubs offer – World Para Athletics Championships

Friday, May 19th, 2017
As the organising committee for the World Para Athletics Championships, London 2017, we have re-launched an offer for groups of 5+ to attend any session at the World Para Athletics Championships from Friday July 14th – Sunday July 23rd for £5 per adult and £3 per child. 
  • This is no maximum limit to the number of tickets a group can purchase at this rate.
  • To access the offer, you enter a code at check out on the ticketing site. 
  • The GROUPS code automatically reduces the price of tickets to £5 per adult and £3 per child.
  • The code will be live until the final session of the World Para Athletics Championships starts. 
  • For more information, click here: 


Three Golds and a Bronze for Summer Grand Prix record holder, Phillipa Ellis

Monday, May 15th, 2017

NOTAN’s Summer Grand Prix Year 6, Record Holder for the Howler event, Phillipa Ellis of Houghton Harriers won three gold medals and a bronze medal in a series of U15 Girls events at North Eastern Track and Field Championships, at Gateshead Stadium, on Saturday 13th May and Sunday 14th May 2017.

Ellis, who created the Howler record of 30m 46cm in April 2014, won gold in the 75m Hurdles, with a time of 11.96; gold in the 100m, recording 12:59 for the distance, and gold again in the Girls Shot Putt, throwing a distance of 10:08m. She also competed in the Women’s Javelin event where she finished in Bronze Medal position recording a distance of 21m. 90cm.

Other multi-gold medalists included North Shields Poly duo, James Wordsworth and Joshua Blevins.

Blevins won the U13 Boys 800m event in a Championship Best Performance of 2:16.20, before going on to win his second gold in the U13 Boys 1500m event the following day recording a time of 4 minutes 51.88 seconds, for the distance.

Wordsworth won both his gold medals on Saturday 13th May, winning first the U15 Boys Shot Putt, with a distance of 13:69, and later in the day striking gold in the U15 Boys Discus, with a throw of 38.83m.

Other notable performances from NOTAN’s Summer Grand Prix athletes past and present include:

Gold Medalists;

Evie Harrison, Gateshead Harriers, U13 Girls 70m Hurdles, 12:95

Lucy Scothern, Chester-le-Street, U13 Girls 800m, 2:29.4

Alfie Ward, Morpeth Harriers, U15 Boys Triple Jump,9:58m


Silver Medalists:

Lydia James, Houghton Harriers, U15 Girls, 800m, 2:23:37

Ellie Morris, Blyth Running Club, U15 Girls High Jump, 1.50m

Finlay Telfer, Alnwick Harriers, U13 Boys High Jump, 1.15m

Fintan Ward, Morpeth Harriers, U13 Boys Shot Putt, 4:58m


Bronze Medalists:

Katie Joslyn, North Shields Poly,  U13 Girls 800m, 2:31:8

Rosie Hughes, North Shields Poly, U15 Girls 800m, 2:24:41

Evie Harrison, Gateshead Harriers, U13 Girls 200m, 29:29

Grace McShone, Houghton Harriers, U15 Girls High Jump, 1:40m

Oliver Telfer, Alnwick Harriers, U15 Boys Discus, 15.13m

Sam Mordue, Chester-le-Street, U13 Boys High Jump, 1.15m

Liliy Lee, North Shields Poly, U13 Girls 100m, 14:46


All told it was a fantastic weekend of great performances. Well done to those who competed and are not mentioned. Keep up the hard work and it will pay off.

Application for Community Discount submitted

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Earlier today, NOTAN submitted its application for community discount as part of its desired acquisition of Churchill Playing Fields, from North Tyneside Council.

The application is made to reduce NOTAN’s rental costs once the asset transfer process has been completed. In June 2017, North Tyneside Council officials will vote on deciding whether or not to increase the current level of discount from 75% to 90%. Naturally, NOTAN will be crossing our fingers for the latter.

North Tyneside Council has assessed the ground rent for the circa 14 000 sq.m. of land at £750.00 per annum.

Management Committee Meeting – 8th May 2017

Monday, May 8th, 2017

NOTAN’s latest Management Committee Meeting was held at Hadrian Leisure Centre, Boyd Road, Wallsend on Monday 8th May 2017.

As well as an excellent turn out from Network Clubs, present was also Chris Betts, England Athletics’ Regional Chair, who offered members reassurance that we are not alone in our bid to save Churchill Playing Fields, and that in his role of being responsible for the booking of all North East Senior and Youth Development League fixtures he will do all he can to support our work.

Minutes of the Meeting will follow shortly.

Our next Meeting will take place on Monday 19th June 2017, at Hadrian Leisure Centre, Boyd Road, Wallsend, NE28 7LQ, starting at 6:30pm.





Records broken at May Day Event

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

An amazing 124 athletes took part in NOTAN’s Summer Grand Prix event on Bank Holiday Monday, 1st May 2017.

In warm, sunny conditions the record turn out was not the only record broken on the day. In the Year 3 Howler, Toby Bell threw a distance of 33 metres and 21 centimetres whilst in the Year 4 age group, Maya Turner broke the record for the Girls 75m sprint, recording a time of 11.4 seconds; Hannah Wilson broke the Long Jump record by leaping 3m 55cm; and Zac Brannon broke the 600m record by racing to 2 minutes and 1 second.

In the Year 5 category, Joshua Crisp equalled the boys 600m record (also held by Alfie Ward and William Fowler), by running a time of 1 minute and 56 seconds for the distance; and in the Year 6 age group, Freya Clarkson, also equalled the long standing 800m record held by Lauren Brown, by running a time of 2 minutes and 36 seconds.

Well done to everyone who took part and we hope to see you all again at our next event at Churchill Playing Fields, Whitley Bay, on Saturday 3rd June 2017, at 9:30am.

Summer Grand Prix Records



NOTAN Coaches help out at St Thomas More School

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Three coaches from NOTAN, helped out at St Thomas More Academy School’s after-school athletics club on Thursday 4th May as part of our Athletics in School programme. An estimated 175 children engaged in the event with NOTAN coaches delivering specialist advice in hurdling, sprinting and the discus. NOTAN coaches will be visiting the school once per week until the end of term.

Funding from TyneWear Sport

Friday, May 5th, 2017

TyneWear Sport run a number of programmes that have available investment for clubs and other organisations including:

  • Club Bursary: Grants of between £100 and £500 will be available with a specific focus on providing clubs with the opportunity to purchase equipment or marketing material.
  • Coach Bursary: This will be open to anyone aged 14 and over, living in or coaching/officiating in Tyne & Wear. We can fund up to 75% of a course cost (up to a maximum of £300).
  • School Sport Equipment Bursary:The Tyne & Wear Sport Primary School Equipment Bursary exists to help primary schools, teachers and other personnel to deliver more and better sporting opportunities.
  • School Training Bursary: The scheme will provide up to £300 of funding to support individuals to improve their knowledge, experience and qualifications to deliver sport and/or PE in schools.
  • Sportivate: Through the Sportivate programme we are providing hundreds of opportunities for young people so they can take part in a wide range of sports and activities.

Funding Database: We also have access to a funding database. If you would like a tailored funding report, please complete the online form. A member of our team will run your details through the system and be in contact with you in due course with a report of potential funding sources.

visit their website for more details.

Welfare Officer Training

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

In the May 2017 Issue 1 edition of England Athletics eBulletin, has a reminder to all clubs about the training that is provided for Club Welfare Officers. This and other resources available from England Athletics helps clubs deliver an environment where everyone involved in athletics feels safe and secure to enable them to achieve their potential – to run, jump and throw, to coach, officiate or to support those who do.

Information re: the Welfare Officer training is as follows:

Step 1

Complete the three online EduCare resources via our discounted link:

Step 2

Complete a Safeguarding & Protecting Children in Sport workshop (three-hour face-to-face workshop).  These courses are delivered by Sports Coach UK and County Sport Partnerships (CSP), please contact your local CSP for more details.

Step 3

Complete a Time to Listen (T2L) workshop (three-hour face-to-face bespoke welfare officer training).  County Sport Partnerships (CSP) deliver these courses; please contact your local CSP for more details.

This training will:

  • describe how a club welfare officer works with others to create a child centred environment
  • explain how the club welfare officer role fits into the wider safeguarding environment
  • apply learning to case studies including sharing good safeguarding practice