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by Karl Oakes

February 3, 2010

Gateshead Athletic Network officially launched.

Gateshead Athletics Network launches

Left to right Liane Brown (Gateshead Leisure Services & Blaydon Harriers), Alan Elders (Low Fell Running Club), Councillor Linda Green (Gateshead MBC), John Stacey (CCSO England Athletics), Tony Gardiner (Network Group Chair & Gateshead Harriers), Charlotte McIntosh (Blaydon Harriers), Simon Evans (Blaydon Harriers), Sophie Taylor (Birtley AC), Aidan Turnbull (Birtley AC), Katherine Langton (Gateshead Harriers), Ed Lown (Network Group Deputy Chair & Birtley AC).

The Gateshead McCain Athletics Network was officially launched during last weeks North East indoor championships at Gateshead International Stadium. Bringing together 5 Athletics clubs from across the Gateshead Borough, Birtley, Blaydon, Gateshead, Low Fell and Saltwell as well as the Gateshead schools partnership and Gateshead MBC, the group celebrated their successful application to England Athletics to become a McCain Athletics Network. Satisfying the criteria of being Club Mark accredited and having submitted a plan for a sustainable programme of delivery the group were delighted to receive a cheque for £45,000 for the first year of a three year programme. “The Network will enable the clubs to work closely together to share good practice, facilities and coaching expertise, as well as delivering a comprehensive programme of athletics across clubs and schools in Gateshead. The funding will directly help clubs at grassroots level to recruit more athletes, coaches and volunteers into the sport and provide financial assistance, where necessary to gain the relevant qualifications”. The programme of delivery is already underway and one of the priorities is to recruit up to ten development coaches in order to meet the demand. Supported by the CCSO for England Athletics, John Stacey, the group hope to encourage more people into athletics whilst improving performance, fitness levels and opportunities for all.

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