About us

Who are we?

NOTAN, are a charitable incorporated organisation (Registered Charity Number: 1174636), who work collaboratively with local partners organisations to preserve, maintain and improve the vital community asset that is Churchill Playing Fields, as well as the furtherance of athletic endeavour in all its forms.


Link to Welfare Policies and Documents


Network Co-ordinator

Our Network Co-ordinator is the single point of contact for all member Clubs to address athletics related needs, wants, issues and queries. Our current Co-ordinator has been post for the last 2 years, working 18 hours a week to deliver all specified aims.

Club Development:

Winners of the Club/Partner Award (with the Tony Blair Sports Foundation) at the England Athletics Regional Sports Awards in October 2010, to help Network Clubs access funding & support services for new clubs. NOTAN, have draw on the examples of Sport England’s Good Governance and England Athletics’ Club accreditation programme, Clubmark to provide a nationally recognised safe, friendly environment for coaching children. Currently, NOTAN have 7 accredited athletics clubs and Harriers.

Coach and Officials Development:

Since 2010, NOTAN, with the support and financial assistance of the Tony Blair Sports Foundation, has created 72 coaches across the network providing over 5000 hours of athletics guidance. Our Lead Network Coach, John Renney came Runner-Up in the Coach of the Year Award at the England Athletics Regional Sports Awards in 2011.

Our Network Co-ordinator undertakes an annual coaching audit to identify the resources (and gaps) in coaching provision across Network Clubs. This mapping exercise has been useful in identifying who can help us deliver what, and when. For instance, our Athletics In Schools programme used unemployed coaches identified through the audit.

In addition, NOTAN has held workshops to benefit coaches including: Injury Prevention and Recovery Strategies (The Performance Clinic); Winter to Summer Transitional Training for middle and long distance athletes (David Lowes.) Strength and Conditioning classes for athletes and coaches in the Network Clubs, paid for by England Athletics.

Furthermore, NOTAN has created 10 new officials across Network Clubs, including timekeepers, marshalls and starters, and 6 x Welfare Officers, 5 First Aiders and 6 Equity in Coaching Officers.

School Club links

One of the primary objectives of NOTAN was to establish strong school club links. Consequently, we established an Athletics In Schools project at Rockcliffe Primary School, providing 25 children the opportunity to participate in 30 hours of athletics coaching with an exit route into a local Network Club.

The success of that project led NOTAN delivering curriculum time Athletics In Schools, project within the cluster schools of Norham, Whitley Bay, and Burnside High schools providing a total of 3,589 children with a total of 301 hours of athletics coaching from 5 coaches in a total of 10 primary/first schools over the year. Each child was offered an exit route into the local clubs.

Our work has attracted the financial support from North Tyneside Council, Awards for All., and CE Electric, whose mascot, Vic the Voltage, attended the presentation of awards at our final event. As a result of our work, all of our local schools to feed into local Harriers where a junior sections have flourished, and local Harrier League events now have separate boys and girls’ races.

Members of NOTAN, are also involved in the delivery of the National Sportshall Games competition, in collaboration with North Tyneside Council. In addition, we held a Sportshall Leaders Course with fourteen Year 10 students from Norham Community College attending. They later led the primary school competition.

NOTAN are currently in talks with local schools to assist in the delivery of their GCSE PE curriculum, winter athletics programme and extra curriculum coaching needs.

Active Participation:

Since 2010, NOTAN has ran its hugely successful Summer Grand Prix series targeted at Year 3 to Year 6 children to develop their all-round ability. Thus far, we have delivered a total of 52 events averaging 30 children per event, and 4 competitions per season, raising a sum of £5 820.00.

NOTAN have supported the Boxing Day Pudding Fun Run, witnessing 800 harrier and fun runners partaking in the annual fund-raising event for Woodlawn School. We have also raised funding for the annual Run for Bob event, which saw 150 people enjoy the annual trek from Spanish City, Seaton Sluice, Holywell Dene and finishing at Churchill Playing Fields.

Furthermore, our support for the Terry O’Gara 10k Road Race and 3k Fun Run enabled 500 local residents enjoy multi-terrain surfaces of Cobalt Industrial estate, whilst 60 teenagers benefited from our Athletics 365 workshops.

2016, saw 400 harrier athletes competed in the inaugural 2016, Summer Sprint Series at Churchill Playing Fields with two further events planned for 2017.

NOTAN coaches have delivered 120 hours of Outreach Athletics coaching to community organisations, including Rockcliff Rugby Club and have offered our coaching services to Tynemouth (4th Congers) Cub Scout Group, to help their members achieve Cub Athletics Awards.

Working with Run In England, NOTAN helped to establish Women’s Running Groups. As a result, North Tyneside has witnessed the development of satellite groups such as Monkey Runners, and local Park Runs have seen the increase the numbers of female leisure participants.

Disability athletics:

NOTAN coaches have been involved in the delivery of ‘Sportive’, a project for developing disability athletes ages 14 and older, working within schools and colleges, helping to engage more disabled people into athletics.

An outcome of Sportive was for NOTAN, with support from North Tyneside Council, to establish a North East disability athletics group. In total 27 athletes signed up and 16 volunteers/coaches from NOTAN, and other North East Networks, trained once a month at Churchill Playing Fields with several athletes participating in regional and national championships.

In memory of North Tyneside Council’s Sports Development Officer – Disabled Athletics, and para-Olympian, Karen Lewis-Archer, the end of 2016, saw NOTAN apply for the opportunity to have 2 Racing Wheelchairs and Seated Throws Equipment by Wheelpower and England Athletics.

We were successful in our bid, and 2017 will see the roll-out of our planned Disabled Athletics Development Programme.

Network Funding and Partnerships

In October 2010, NOTAN were Winners of the Club/Partner Award (with the Tony Blair Sports Foundation) at the England Athletics Regional Sports Awards. Visit www.tonyblairsportsfoundation.org/athletics, to view our joint working programme.

This partnership is one of the many that NOTAN, have created and sustained since our formation. We are currently working with Northumbria University and VODA to provide voluntary opportunities in all sectors of our organisation. Sports Management students will be offered the opportunity to deliver some of our Key Performance Indicators and assist Network Clubs maintain their ‘Clubmark’ status whilst VODA volunteers will assist in the administration of our Summer Grand Prix series and Network promotions.

We continue to work with the Tony Blair Sports Foundation. Currently, we are helping to deliver the Green Festival events due to take place in March 2017. Year end 2016, saw the development of two new partnerships with Elmgrove Management Consultants and the Linskill Centre, who helped with the creation of our Business Plan.

Marketing and Promotion:

On 27th September 2010, our website; www.notan.org.uk, went live. In year 1 (September 2010- July 2011) there was a total of 13,981 hits. In year 2 (August 2011 – June 2012) there has been a total of 35,496 hits averaging 100 people a day, enabling Network Clubs to promote their activities through one regional site.

Further promotional work included a DVD in partnership with the Tony Blair Sports Foundation (TBSF) to support the school/club/volunteer triangle of development needed within most Network Clubs.

We also procured banners and flags to increase the awareness of NOTAN at local, regional and school events, and produce a Bi-monthly Newsletter and Flyers to promote the work of NOTAN in the Network Clubs and wider community. Our attendance at the annual Northumbria University Fresher’s Fayre event has generated 25 new clubs members for a Network Club.

” Network Plan Submission 2013 “

  ” NOTAN Agreement 14-15 “

NOTAN Network Plan Submission 2013 “

” NOTAN year 3 plan submitted “

 ” Year 5 Network Plan  “

NOTAN Child Protection Policy “