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Autumn 2011 Issue 5

Welcome Welcome to the Summer Make-a-Move Leisure Inclusion Team Newsletter. If you have a story that you would like in the Make-a-Move Newsletter then contact the team at or call 01670 542338. The next issue of the BVAL Make-a-Move Newsletter will be distributed in Winter 2011!

Latest News BVAL Summer Holiday Programme Blyth Valley Arts & Leisure delivered another successful Summer Holiday Programme in 2011. The Make-a-Move team engaged with 8000 people over a six week period. The Make-a-Move team also organised a range of events which were extremely popular including National Play Day at Cambois and Ridley Park, Pirates Beach Party at Cramlington Town Square and Dodgeball & Multi Skills events at Carlisle Park. A range of partners supported this year’s activities and events including Northumberland Play Team, Sure Start, Newbiggin Town Council, Cramlington Town Council, Morpeth Town Council and Aiming High for Disabled Children. Please visit our Flickr page to see our new photo’s. For more information please contact Tom Lavender on 01670 542246. Move It Community Dance Move It Community Dance continues to go from strength to strength as classes grow, performances continue and coaches develop and win awards! After completing her Dance Leaders Award with BVAL, Jemma Halliday supported Move It Dance sessions as a volunteer before progressing on to teaching classes in the community and delivering Dance sessions in schools. Jemma is now fully qualified in a number of Dance styles including Street, Street Cheer/Cheerleading, Zumba, Just Jhoom and Bollywood. Jemma is extremely passionate and enthusiastic about Dance and ‘would love to see you at one of our classes enjoying Dance as much as I do!’ Sophie Johnson, Dance Inclusion Officer who coordinates Move It Community Dance, recently won the Association of Dance Professionals ‘Young Professional 2011’ award at the annual awards ceremony at Coventry in September. This award was given as the professionalism from Sophie’s work was noted and nominated by the Northern Area Committee. Sophie said, ‘to win a nationally recognised award is a huge honour and I am very proud’. For more information on Move It sessions please contact Sophie Johnson on 01670 542589.

Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge A group of five young cyclists from Chantry Middle School completed the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge over a period of three days. Supported by the Make-a-Move team, the cyclists set off from Workington in high spirits and returned to jubilant scenes at Tynemouth with friends and family all present to congratulate the team as they crossed the finish line. To read the full story please visit our website. London 2012 Open Weekend Families in South East Northumberland were set the challenge of completing a short distance run along Newbiggin Promenade as part of the London 2012 Open Weekend, celebrating one year to go to the Olympics. The weekend was attended by over 700 people and included a Triathlon event, Couple Challenge Swim and a Family Fun Run which was started by Ian Lavery MP. Please visit our Flickr page to see event photos. Ashington Netball Development Squad Ashington Netball Development Squad has now been established for over a year, delivering high quality coaching to girls in years 5-9. Laura Taylor and Alex Hanson have gone on to be selected for Northumberland Netball Satellite Academy. Andy Hewitt (Bothal Middle School) said, “the Netball Development Squad has been really successful. It has developed the girl's ability in the sport as well as developing their confidence to play against other teams. Several pupils have even signed up to community clubs as a result of the development training.” For more information please contact Sarah Haigh on 01670 542407.

Club News Foundations laid for impressive Football project An ambitious £731,420 project has now started to create new sports facilities at a Northumberland School. The investment provided by The Football Foundation, Northumberland County Council and grassroots football clubs in the area, will be used to construct a full-size, floodlit, third generation, artificial grass pitch at The Blyth School Community College. The state-of the-art facilities will be used by The Blyth School Community College pupils as well as Blyth Town FC, Blyth Rangers FC and Blyth Spartans FC, who collectively contributed £4,500 towards the project. All clubs will use the new development to increase their combined number of teams from 56 to 76 over the next five years. This figure will also include a Blyth disability team to be developed in a joint venture by the clubs. The site, on Chase Farm Drive, will be designated primarily for Football, although it will be available for other activities such as Tag Rugby and general fitness training. It is predicted that when building work is complete, later this year, more than 800 local people will use the site every week in addition to 1,300 school children. BVAL will manage the site for club and community use. Nathan Rogerson, Leisure Development Manager said: “We have reached this stage after a huge amount of hard work by all of the partners involved in the project. On behalf of everyone involved with the new centre I would like to thank the Northumberland FA for its guidance and the Football Foundation for its grant and continued support.” Sustainable Sports Projects Newcastle United Foundation is interested in developing a project that provides free support to community sports clubs to help them become more enterprising and sustainable. If your club needs help in any of the following areas, increasing revenue, writing business plans, developing policies and procedures, budgeting, marketing, customer service and governance then take part in our survey to help the Foundation shape a project that could benefit your sports club and its members.

Newbiggin Sprint Triathlon – ETU 2012 Championship Qualifier Tri Northumberland hosted their second qualifying event of the year on Sunday 11th September. This time the prize was qualification for the Eilat ETU Sprint Triathlon World Championships on what turned out to be an epic day for all concerned. The event was completed by over 360 competitiors. To view the Race Report please visit our website.

What’s On BVAL October Half Term Holiday Programme BVAL will be delivering sport and play activities and events during October Half Term. This can be viewed online on our website. Highlights during the holidays include Halloween events at Blyth, Cramlington and Newbiggin. For more information please contact Tom Lavender on 01670 542246.

Communities for Health—Valley Moves A programme of adult and family activities are now available in Seaton Valley. This includes Buggy Fit, Baby Boogie, Zumba and Archery. There are also activities available for young people which range from FREE to 50p! This includes Multi Sports, Rock to the Beat, Football and Archery. For more information on Valley Moves please contact Michael Firek on 07540 412080. Further information is also available on our website.

Ability to Play The Ability to Play programme provides activities on evenings and weekends for young people with disabilities. The programme is currently expanding with new sessions on offer across Northumberland. For more information on Ability to Play please contact Ronnie Scheu on 07889 320377. Further information is also available on our website.

Funding Opportunities All of the links below provide information on funding opportunities for sports clubs and organizations in Northumberland. Northumberland Community Chest Scheme Make-a-Move Volunteer Package Northumberland Sport Sport England Inspired Facilities Other funding opportunities can be found at or by contacting the Make-a-Move team on 01670 542338.

Leisure Inclusion Team Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure Make-A-Move Leisure Inclusion Team offer a wide range of sport and play activities. For more information on these exciting activities please contact the Make-A-Move team on 01670-542338 or 542587 or you can email us at

Nathan Rogerson Leisure Development & Inclusion Manager Tel:01670 542268 Mob: 07843357864 Chris Scurfield Sport Inclusion Officer Tel:01670 798405 Mob:07540412088

Sarah Haigh Women & Girls Development Officer Tel: 01670 542407 Mob:07540412085

Tom Lavender Sport Inclusion Officer Tel:01670 542246 Mob:07540412079

Amy Foggett Women & Girls Development Officer Tel: 01670 714154

Martin Deagle Sport Inclusion Officer Tel:01670 542589 Mob:07540412083

Adam Dixon Play & Disability Officer Tel:01670 542587 Mob:07540412084

Lee Paris Sports Activator Tel:01670 542338 Mob:07540412090

Ronnie Scheu Play & Disability Activator Tel:01670 542587 Mob:07889320377

Nicola Hargreaves Sports Coordinator Tel:01670 542589 Mob:07850900402

Luis Perales Outdoor Development Officer Tel:01670 542297 Mob:07540412087

Michael Firek Sports Activator, Health & Fitness Tel:01670 542413 Mob:07540412080

Hemant Desai Athletics Network Officer Tel:01670 542297 Mob:07540412089

Sophie Johnson Dance Inclusion Officer Tel:01670 542587 Mob:07540412082

Tom Vickers Cricket Development Officer Mob: 07782375863

Make a Move Autumn newsletter 2011  

Make a Move Autumn Newsletter 2011