Company’s support for powerlifting event

Some of those who took part in the competition thanks to the donation.
Some of those who took part in the competition thanks to the donation.

An Ashington club was able to host a 2013 Special Olympics National Powerlifting competition thanks to funding from UK Coal’s Potland Burn surface mine.

Parkhead and Wansbeck Powersports, based at the Hirst Welfare Centre, has received a number of awards from the mine’s community fund since coal was first extracted from the site in 2010.

Fifty lifters competed in the games, which included special needs and Paralympic lifters, as well as able-bodied club members, who helped to organise and support on the day.

The competitors put in their best performances to ensure their eligibility for the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles in 2015.

Club chairman Fred Mackenzie said: “I was particularly proud of our young members who helped on the day, they were a credit to this club and to their parents.

“We could not have hosted the games without the support of UK Coal and I’m so thankful for their contribution.”

The Parkhead Powersports Club is close to UK Coal’s Potland Burn surface mine in Ashington.

And it has benefitted from support from the site’s community fund.

The club recently received funding to purchase a camcorder and associated software to enable powerlifters and coaches to analyse their lifting technique to improve performance.

They have also received an award in the past to buy equipment for their gym.

UK Coal Surface Mines provide community funds at all sites to support local projects. More information on the funds can be found at