PROMISING young athletes are being put on the right track to success after linking up with the North East’s most high-profile athletics club.
Dyke House Sports and Technology College’s talented young runners, jumpers and throwers are benefiting from coaching sessions with Gateshead Harriers after the school established a partnership with the club.
The students are heading north on a weekly basis to use the top facilities on offer at Gateshead’s International Stadium – the same facilities used by the likes of double Olympic champion Mo Farah earlier this year.
Danny Evans, the director of the Elite Development Squad, said: “The aim is to support the students as they look to reach the highest level they possibly can.
“We have a number of really good runners at Dyke House and the arrangement with Gateshead gives those students a real chance to receive the best coaching in their sport.
“There is no longer a running track in Hartlepool and when we take the athletes up to Gateshead we know that they are using the best athletics facilities the North East has to offer.”
Ten youngsters, either enrolled on the college’s Elite Development Squad or regarded as having the potential to join the sport scholarship programme, paid their second visit to Gateshead on Monday.
Hartlepool cross-country champions Tyler Miley and Adrianne Groom are among that group of talented youngsters.
Pentathlete Taylor Allen, who is a student at the school and member of Gateshead Harriers, is also enjoying the link-up while Cole Baldam, Brandon Sanderson and Alex Lamb have also taken advantage of the indoor facilities on offer in Tyneside.
Gateshead Harriers’ Janice Kaufman, a hurdles and sprint coach, has been giving the talented crop of students specialist advice and training.
The school’s inaugural sport scholarship programme has enjoyed a fantastic start since being launched in September this year.
The programme sees students from across five age groups from 11-16 given the best support and coaching to help them in their specialised sport while furthering their academic education.