TS1 Tees Valley

Bringing the community together through multi-sports

When Clairville Stadium in Middlesbrough was knocked down, the local community lost an important asset and focal point. With no easily accessible sport provision in the immediate vicinity, many young people – and adults alike – were left with nowhere to go and little to do.

Local resident Gohar Ihsan and his friends Nadeem Khan, Carl Martini and Wajid Malik, knew they had to do something. So in June 2015, together they founded TS1 Tees Valley – a new fun, exciting and welcoming multi-sport club, open to all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

In the short space of time since the club was formed, TS1 Tees Valley has grown to a point where it now runs daily multiple activities (including football, boxercise, gym, running, swimming and ju-jitsu) across five different venues in Middlesbrough, engages over 500 people a week, and even had its work recognised at the South Tees Voluntary and Community Sector Awards, winning the ‘Local Solution’ award.

How Sported helped

    Gohar and his team had prior experience delivering sport sessions and under their collective belt, held a variety of sport coaching qualifications. However, they had never set-up and run a formal, constituted club before. Looking for guidance they approached Sported for help.


    Recognising where the club needed support, Sported matched the club with local expert volunteer, Emily Burns [now Sported’s North East Regional Manager]. Mentoring the club over the course of six months, Emily worked closely with Gohar and the team to develop a business plan and improve its administration.

The Results

Emily Burns:

“The volunteers who set up TS1 Tees Valley had the enthusiasm, passion and community spirit to get activities off the ground in a fun and engaging way for young people and adults in their area. Their main challenge was to formalise their committee structure, create a business plan to allow for the growth and sustainability, and also look at their vision and direction. As a Sported mentor I guided them around these areas and also networked them with other agencies in Tees Valley that could offer support. They have taken on board all the support provided and with such a proactive approach have created something truly special and unique for those who are involved.”

Gohar Ihsan:

“We needed to be more structured and we needed help identifying where we could evolve, improve and be more efficient, and that’s what Sported has really done for us. Sported has given us direction for the future and helped us make the step-up to the next level.”

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