In return, The Tony Blair Sports Foundation will provide ongoing advice and support during your training and fundraising, as well as a Team TBSF
vest to wear on the day.
All of the youngsters become members of the TBSF, which gives them a great stepping stone into coaching and a pathway to continuing to learn and develop.
The Northumberland final of the TBSF Year Three Challenge Cup was being held at Wallsend's Churchill Community College today.
We now have over 900 members who volunteer in clubs and schools across the region, and I know the money that Team TBSF will raise can help us to recruit and train more coaches and officials so young people can continue to take part in sport.
It will also supply a Team TBSF vest to wear on the day.
Now, all that is about to change as the TBSF has offered to support a number of members keen to take on coaching duties.
The TBSF offers to pay towards the cost of course fees for people who sign up to the Foundation, which has resulted in nine members successfully gaining Level One coaching qualifications.
Alnwick Harriers junior club secretary Sue Skirrow is delighted that the club can now open its doors to new members, thanks to the input of the TBSF.
Until we were able to provide the additional coaches through funding from the TBSF, we had to severely restrict the number of children we could take under our wing.
The TBSF, Gateshead Council and England Athletics (North East) have invited the under-15 athletes from the Birtley, Gateshead and Blaydon athletics clubs to compete in four sprints over 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres before settling down to watch a host of Olympians take centre stage following the Beijing Olympics.
Local volunteers will join volunteer coaches, who are currently being helped through their coaching courses by the TBSF, to help coordinate the event.
If you would like more information on how to become a coach or would like to offer your services to the TBSF, call (01429) 881 260 or e-mail: info@ tonyblairsportsfoundation.