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.