A NEW scheme to support sports coaches in the district has been rolled out.

The Sport Tynedale Coaching Network has been developed by sports psychologist David Charlton and former Newcastle Falcons coach John Fletcher.

The initiative is part of Sport Tynedale, the voluntary-led organisation which works to assist the district’s sporting community.

The network offers coaches an opportunity to meet with David and John, and gain valuable support and advice on everything from coaching requirements and qualifications, to player management.

Hexham man David, who now lives at Crawcrook, said: “There’s a lot of sport in this area and naturally, there are many amateur coaches who give up their time voluntarily.

“It can be quite lonely at times, juggling coaching commitments around work and family life.

“Getting your coaching qualifications can be expensive and there are numerous other challenges.

“We want to offer somewhere for coaches to come and meet each other, share ideas, and also to seek advice.

“Coaching can be rewarding, and we want to help them make the most of it.”

The initiative was started earlier this year, and has already benefited about a dozen coaches.

But David added: “We need to spread the word about our free sessions.”

A talented golfer, David worked in the travel industry before embarking on a career in sports psychology.

He embarked on a masters degree at Sunderland University in 2009.

“I think John and myself complement each other,” he said.

“John has first hand experience of dealing with top level rugby players.

“There are a lot of key elements about coaching which are attributable to all sports.

“It’s not just about tactics, it’s about putting across your message and getting the best out of a player, or a team.”

Coaches are welcome to attend the next session, at Tynedale Cricket Club in Hexham, on Friday November 9, from 6.30pm to 8pm.

n Nominations for this year’s Sport Tynedale Awards can be entered until the end of this week.

The original deadline of October 30, has been extended. The awards ceremony will take place at Hexham’s Wentworth Leisure Centre on Sunday December 9.