TIME TO GET MOVING AS WE COME OUT OF COVID!!!
We really believe we can help our community to get or stay physically active as we come out of the pandemic. This will make a huge difference to the well-being of many, many hundreds of people here in the North-East. Using our fantastic sports and other facilities we are tremendously well-placed to deliver a unique multi-faceted programme - we just need financial support to help make it happen as the impact of the pandemic means we cannot fund it ourselves!
OUR SUPERB HOCKEY AND PARA-HOCKEY PITCH IS READY FOR ACTION!
HERE IS ONE OF OUR ARCHERY RANGES WITH OUR COMMUNITY FOREST FOR ORIENTEERING IN THE BACKGROUND
THE PROJECT - TIP-TOP COACHING AND FACILITATION ON FANTASTIC FACILITIES ACROSS ELEVEN SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES!!!
We want to expand our current offering by way of an accessible to all project including up to eleven sports with coaching provided. This is something really special which we think we are in a unique position to provide and would give a huge boost to getting people in the North East more active and reducing social isolation in a safe environment.
The eleven sports planned are archery, badminton, boccia, bowls, cricket, dance, football, hockey, orienteering, squash and tennis. This will be a fully inclusive programme including provision for those with disabilities as appropriate (e.g. ‘Flyerz’ hockey, wheelchair bowls and tennis etc). Some people may be nervous about trying something new so part of our plan is to run introductory sessions in small groups. We wish to remove barriers to participation by making our facilities as accessible as possible. In addition to coaching, this includes some development of existing buildings to provide suitable toilet facilities for use with various new and existing sports and parasports.
How about this for a testimonial for Norton Sports Charity covering FOUR generations from the same family !!
Many of our supporters are adults who have grown up using our facilities and have personally benefited from the positive impact from the physical, social and mental health benefits of sporting activity - see the testimonial, below.
"I am Ben Duncan, I am 34 years old and Norton Sports Charity has been a huge part of my life since I was born! I am the 3rd generation of my family to use the complex. My grandfather played cricket for Norton, my father played cricket and hockey for Norton and I grew up watching him as a boy. I play cricket for Norton, I am first team captain and play an active part of being on the cricket committee. I also played hockey at Norton for around 15 years too! The sports complex has been like an extended family for me! My partner is also on the cricket committee. Her son also plays cricket and has done from the age of 7. My son is now the 4th generation of my family to use the complex as he plays squash at Norton and regularly uses the complex with Crooksbarn school for curricular activities. I grew up virtually living on the complex. (My house was connected to it!) I was always playing or watching and this is still the case now! I guess looking back, the Charity has played an enormous part in my life, by giving me a platform to play as many sports as I wanted and gave me the chance to meet and socialise with so many people! From the different sports sections to the social club, it is just one big family who all support each other. Playing sport there is a huge help to my mental health as I’m sure it is for most other people who go there whether it is to watch sport, play sport or just to socialise!
Thank you Norton Sports Charity for being a huge part of our lives! Let’s hope you can support many other people’s lives the way it has supported mine!"
Your contribution - every penny and every individual donor will contribute and also encourage others to do so......
No donation is too small so whatever you can give will really help make a difference. Norton Sports Charity is a non-profit organisation led by a dedicated team of volunteers. All the money donated is going towards helping our community in Teesside. We would spend the £9,000 targeted on coaches and teachers to deliver this project, on facility hire and improvements (e.g. accessible toilets) and also on equipment. This is a big aim but, as well as physical activity we will focus on health and nutrition plus mental health to offer numerous benefits to everyone taking part. We hope to extend this to make it an ongoing programme.
For those of you interested in more detail about the specifics of the project.......
Our detailed plan is as follows – the start date will depend on funding and the progressive relaxation of controls by government, sport national governing bodies and by ourselves but we are committed to delivering the project as soon as we are able to.
- Starting from 1st August 2020 we will deliver supervised activities across archery, badminton, boccia, bowls, cricket, dance, football, hockey, orienteering, squash and tennis
- These will use our fantastic facilities on our 55 acre site which is already operating under fully ‘Covid Secure’ protocol. Our playing surfaces and indoor facilities are generally at or above County standard so we truly can give the very best experience at Norton!
- We have at least six Level 2 coaches available to lead and organise the delivery across the individual sports.
- Sessions will be available to all in the local community through a booking system on a first-come, first-served basis and will be 1 – 2 hours in duration
- It is envisaged that most activities will be in small groups of up to six people and will be arranged at times when participants, coaches and facilities are available
- Publicity to attract participants will be targeted through our existing contacts with four local schools and possibly their parent academies to get as many youngsters as possible participating
- We will collaborate with other organisations active in the local community such as Tees Valley Sport, Stockton Borough Council, Catalyst (voluntary organisations hub) and social media groups (e.g. ‘Norton Village’) to ensure the word gets out about our project.
- The programme will be promoted through our own social media outlets and contacts which reach many thousands of people in our target area.
- In addition we will use our extensive local network most particularly to attract additional people to join family members who are already playing. This has proven successful in the past particularly with concepts such as ‘Dads and Lads.’ Our eight resident clubs have over 1,000 regular participants to which we can add a further 400 people who regularly use our community clubhouse solely for social purposes so there is fantastic scope to get more people active.
In total we would hope to provide at least 300 hours of coached / supervised sports activity with a potential for a minimum of 1,800 engagements with individuals. Our plan would be for this to take place over an approximately 15 month period which would take us through to Autumn 2021 if we were able to start in August 2020. The period of delivery may be shorter if Covid restrictions are lifted more quickly and also if there is higher than expected demand for the activities but at present we are erring on the cautious side which also takes into account the fact that some of the activities are seasonal.
We would hope that participation in the project would encourage people to develop an ‘Exercise Habit’ and continue to use our facilities beyond when the project comes to an end.
The benefits of the project are huge!!! Regular exercise and activity can have a profoundly positive impact. It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. It reduces stress, can help relieve depression, anxiety, ADHD and more, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood. The recent lockdown has highlighted the importance of friends, family and community and, by offering a wider range of activities and the facilities for people with disabilities, we will reduce social isolation and be more inclusive.
Anyone for bowling? Our green is superb!!!
A little more about Norton Sports Charity https://www.nortonsportscharity.co.uk For over 140 years, Norton Sports Charity in the North East of England and its predecessors have provided sport and social facilities for the local community and we currently have visitors in excess of 30,000 per year. With your support, we can continue to develop our facilities and provide coaching to support more people, particularly children and young people, those with disabilities and facing hardship.
Our facilities and supporters We are incredibly proud of our facilities and the community who already support us. This includes many dedicated volunteers who regularly help out; they generously donate their time and skills to contribute and run fantastic sports clubs and other community groups including our resident Silver Band.
We currently have eight resident sports clubs; Marsh House Harriers, Norton Archers, Norton Bowling Club, Norton Cricket Club, Norton & Stockton Ancients Football Club, Norton Hockey Club, Norton Squash Club and Norton Tennis Club. We also work with a number of local businesses, organisations and community groups including Norton Boxfit, Weightwatchers, Daisy Chain Project (Autism Charity) and Stockton Bereavement Group.