Last Wednesday NOTAN held a Try Athletics Festival to celebrate 100 days to the Olympics and promote the local clubs. Despite the rain trying to turn people away, around 40 people come down, and had lots of fun. Vic the Voltage, CE Electric Mascot, made an appearance encouraging the junior athletes. All of the athletes joined Graham Smith in his 2012 Challenge running around the track and through a course on the roads. Graham is running 2012 miles in 2012 to raise money for the Tony Blair Sports Foundation.
There were lots of activities for the family to enjoy such as a mini tennis game, a big tug of war match, a raffle, food and each of the athletics events. The inflatable pole vault proved a great hit getting the children exited by athletics. It was a great disappointment when this had to stop this due to the rain. It will definitely be something to bring down to the clubs again!
It was great to see a mixture of current and new athletes down at the club. Speaking to parents and the children was great to see their enthusiasm and wanting to join their local club, even enabling the parents to see how great the sport can be and wanting to volunteer their services.
To follow on from this event NOTAN are holding a Quadkids competition series this summer with the first event this Saturday at Churchill Playing Fields, Whitley Bay. Registration will be from 9am with the competition lasting from 9.30am – 11.30am for children between year 3 – year 6. If you would like an entry form please contact Victoria Spence at firstname.lastname@example.org.