A CHARITY is appealing for new volunteers to join its board of trustees.

Community-run Rede, Tyne, Coquet Sports and Leisure Centre (RTC) in Otterburn, is appealing for new volunteers to join the board of trustees to assist with managing the plethora of activities and services it currently offers.

These include a fully equipped 24-hour gym, youth and adult sports and fitness classes; a football pitch and sports hall, and all-year round sport and social events.

RTC trustee Dr Helen Hill said: “We are looking for someone who cares for their community, or who has a passion for sports and fitness which they want to share with others.

“You don’t have to have any prior experience as a trustee or volunteer, we’re welcome to newcomers. Our main criteria is that our trustees are active in their role, and keen to contribute to make the centre the best it can be.”

Helen said in order for of RTC Centre to survive, support from the local community was essential.

“The centre remains very popular. People are really happy that we’re here in such a rural location. But in order for a community venture like this to survive, we all have to chip in and play our part in keeping it going.”

There are currently 12 trustee roles looking to be filled. Some of the key responsibilities of the role include making sure the building is safe and well maintained; finding instructors to run exercise classes; keeping the programmes fresh and interesting; raising money for maintenance and improvements; helping to revamp the website; maintaining the car parking area, and helping with marketing and publicity.

“We’re looking for anybody with skills which they can bring to the table,” said Helen. Applicants should contact the centre directly on hhill@rtcsports.co.uk