Athletic club in appeals for volunteer coaches

North Shields Polytechnic Athletic Club are actively seeking volunteers to coach small groups of children (no more than 12 in a group) aged between nine and 14-years-old.

No previous experience is needed as full training, support and guidance will be given by the club.

People taking on this role may already be planning a career, or change of career working with children so the experience gained should be useful.

The time commitment is around two hours during term time only, and volunteer coaches need to be over 18-years-old.

Volunteer coach John Renney said: “I’ve been coaching one of the younger junior groups since April last year and it has been very rewarding.

“The activities are basically just fun games and the children’s enjoyment of them gives me a really good end to my day.

“Handing young people the chance to play sport, meet new friends and develop their athletic skills each week is a really special thing.

“A few children in my group took part in competitions this summer, which was a new learning experience to everyone involved.

“I passed my coaching qualifications with North Shields Polytechnic Athletic Club.

“The club, with some help from The Tony Blair Sports Foundation, also paid for all my qualifications.

“These qualifications enabled me to take on the role of coaching children in several primary and first schools across North Tyneside.

“Anyone thinking about coaching children should just come along to the club and give it a go.”

Anyone considering becoming a volunteer coach can contact John via email


The club is based at Churchill Playing Fields, Whitley Bay, near Monkseaton Metro station, and further information can be viewed on the website