|Network Name||Tees Valley Athletics Network|
|Clubs in Network||
|Network Chair/ Contact||Chair - Andy Ward: email@example.com
CCSO - John Stacey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coaches already assist athletes from other clubs on an ‘ad-hoc’ basis, the network allows more structured coaching to become possible on a more formal basis. As a consequence of this there would be the opportunity of coach mentoring thus allowing the possibility of more rapid advancement of higher qualifications being obtained .
Disability events have taken place over a 30 years period & also recently have been incorporated into Cyril Elliott Memorial Meetings held annually in April. This included Ambulant and Wheelchair events for both track and field. The Tees Pride 10k Road race plus the Darlington Pit Stop 10K also encourage wheelchair racers.
The Athletic Network (AN) would generate a “Where we go from here” mentality.
The Tees Valley AN would improve all aspects of the sport within an area long noted for a sporting heritage but where athletics has perhaps taken a back seat in recent years. Officials from each Network Club already assist each other at Open Meeting, Road Races and School Athletics meetings. Athletics Network funding would improve these links and enable extra events to be staged within the region throughout the year.
Local Authorities already organise Road Races and Multi Terrain events in each Borough, the AN would endeavour to extend these events to younger age groups and also re-introduce Inter-Borough Track and Field Matches. Interestingly this was tried many years ago in the days of Cleveland County where the athletes regardless of Club affiliation represented their home town and this proved to be a success.
From the 1960 for 30 years Clairville Stadium hosted the Home Countries U21 International, several local athletes achieved international representation at these games prior to gaining selection for Great Britain. It is to be wished that the AN could re-introduce a similar style of competition at Middlesbrough and Darlington tracks. We believe this would give an opportunity to local athletes to compete at this level. The AN would also support Hartlepool BC in their quest for improved track and field facilities in the Borough.
By encouraging second claim members to combine with a lead club, where league rules allow, the AN would encourage a higher level of athletic competition and by doing so engender a desire for athletes to continue in the sport and stay with their initial club thus maintaining home club links.
Note that this is a non England Athletics funded network.