Clubs - North East

Clubs - North East

This page is for your point of contact with the elected Regional Council system covering club matters. It is set up to allow you to know who is responsible for this subject area (which we call a Portfolio) in the North East. We intend to increase the content of the page once the system is fully up and running with content like news items relevant to the portfolio either in the region or more widely and details of the matters you seem most concerned with from your feedback. The regional councillor heading up clubs in the North East is profiled below.

Getting in touch

To contact your portfolio holder simply email

Hemant K Desai

Hemant Desai became involved in Athletics following his children's progress from around 1995 and volunteered with Morpeth Harriers & AC in the North East for many years with fund raising, officiating etc. In 2004 became a member of the ESAA Local organising Committee and Chair of Accommodation successfully helping deliver seven ESAA Track & Field Championships at Gateshead International Stadium.

Hemant is an Athletics Officer and Network Co-ordinator for the Northumberland Athletics Network since 2008.
He is currently a member of Morpeth Harriers & AC Club Management Committee member, an Athletics Coach and also run an A365 Academy and lead North East Youth Development Cell. He set up an Athletics Community Group in Morpeth open to anyone from 5yrs to 100yrs who wants to participate in athletics without fear of having to join a competitive side of Clubs Membership.

I am passionate about Youth Development and am a mentee on NCDP Youth Development with England Athletics. I am a qualified Athletics Coach, Children's Coach and LiRF. I also hold Coaching qualification's in archery, cricket, basketball.

Hemant is an elected member of the North east Regional Council and portfolio holder for Clubs , Schools & Athletics Networks..

My main aim is to raise the profile of athletics through increasing participation of children from 5yrs before they are lost to other sports. This can only be through development of Young Athletes through multidiscipline providing an access to FUNdamental athletics coaching in relaxed and enjoyable setting. I also like to see more clubs support Indoor Sportshall events whih is a very enjoyable introduction to many a school children into athletics sport!