For the second year running, we celebrated the great success of local coaches, volunteers and clubs in sport, within Tyne & Wear with the #PassOnYourPassion campaign. Read the case studies below to get an insight into the great work of our local clubs and individuals.

Pass on Your Passion - September 2018

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North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club

The North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club are committed to giving blind and visually impaired people the opportunity to play this fantastic sport.

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Include ‘in’ Autism

Include ‘In’ Autism provides a range of support services to both families and individuals who live with autism in Sunderland. Sport plays a key role in engaging the young people who use the service, with sports such as football, badminton and cricket all on offer.

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Gateway North East

Laura, Kirsty and Andrew all work as Sports Leaders at Gateway North East. Laura and Kirsty run Gateway’s Boccia club, whilst Andrew leads Gateway’s holiday fishing club.

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Richard Cheshire

Richard is new to volunteering at the North Tyneside Disability Forum but has already had a positive impact on getting people with disabilities participating in sport and physical activity. He is a great believer that disability shouldn’t mean inability

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Mark Thomson

Mark works as a Leisure Assistant at The Parks Sports Centre in North Tyneside. Over the last few years he has dedicated his time and efforts into developing and delivering disability sport opportunities.


Pass on Your Passion - May 2018

Colin Gardener

Triathlon England North East nominated Colin for the Pass On Your Passion award for his endless commitment to his role as regional academy coach.

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Craig Swanson

Craig has been a part of the Newcastle Vikings Handball Club since 2013; starting out as a player and then becoming an enthusiastic volunteer, helping during handball events in community parks and school competitions.

John Tucker

The committee members of Gosforth RFU nominated John in recognition for the tremendous efforts he puts in on a weekly basis, as a volunteer groundsman, duty officer and committee member.

Iain Aberdeen

Iain has been the Head Coach at Newcastle Fencing and Sports Trust since 2007, when the club was first established, coaching fencing and modern pentathlon shooting. 

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Newcastle Front Runners

Newcastle Frontrunners is a friendly and supportive running club where runners of all abilities are encouraged to progress in a variety of ways and try out different events from cross country to relays, parkruns to marathons.

David Pope

David has been awarded the Pass On Your Passion baton for his valuable support in running and organising the Collingwood Tennis Club. He helps ensure that many aspects of the club run smoothly for the benefit of all members.

Trevor, Callum, Bob & Pablo

Four coaches from Marden Volleyball Club have been awarded the Pass On Your Passion award by head coach, Tom Eyre for their love of volleyball and their commitment to providing quality coaching

Wayne McCann

Wayne McCann has been awarded the Pass On Your Passion baton for his endless dedication to Pumas Futsal Club, by delivering a quality experience for all participants and increasing the provision of Futsal in the North East region.


Pass on Your Passion - June 2017


Linda appleby & tara cooper

Inspirational coach Linda Appleby and next generation coach Tara Cooper have been nominated to receive the #PassOnYourPassion baton for their fantastic contribution and commitment to the club and every one of the children they coach and develop.


Sunderland College

When Sunderland College heard that the Pass On Your Passion campaign was coming to Tyne & Wear, they knew just the group of coaches to involve.

Rachel & Karen

Committed coaches Karen Makinson and Rachel Collinson from Riverside Junior Netball Club were nominated by head coach Lynne Booth to receive the #PassOnYourPassion baton, for their continued passion and support to both the club and the participants they coach.


Alex & Shakila

Alex and Shakila have been nominated to receive the #PassOnYourPassion baton as they have showcased a true passion for helping others through sport, in addition to ensuring further opportunities are available for females at South Tyneside College.


Andria & Lorraine

Fiona Holden nominated inspirational coach Andria Armstrong for the amazing work she has done with setting up Washington Junior Netball Club. Andria is now passing her passion onto Lorraine Harrions who is extremely passionate about wanting to develop both the children and the club further.


Ellie & Leonie

Both Ellie & Leonie have been hailed as great positive role models, full of enthusiasm and determination in providing the best experience they can to all their players.


charlotte & Lily

As crucial factors in the growth and success of the North Tyneside Barbells - Unique Fitness North East club, Charlotte & Lily are being recognised with the #PassOnYourPassion baton.


All three of these wonderful ladies has shown a true passion for working with and helping young people within hockey. They work tirelessly to create more and more opportunities for boys and girls in Newcastle to play hockey.


Sandra & Marlen

Inspirational coach Marlen Slinning Goulty who founded Newcastle Vikings Handball Club, has, along with fellow coach Sandra Christke, been recognised for their huge achievement in developing the sport of handball within the Newcastle area.


Emma & Rachel

Inspirational coach Emma Crowe and next generation coach Rachel Sykes were nominated by head coach Helen Gray at Tyneside Gymnastics Club to receive the #PassOnYourPassion baton.


Johanna & Hannah

Dedicated and enthusiastic coaches Johanna Armstrong and Hannah Gee from Rutherford AFC, who give up their time completely voluntary and who always go above and beyond, have been nominated to receive the #PassOnYourPassion baton.