Name: Alan Hoyle
Relay Section: Tynemouth
A BASKETBALL coach in Alnwick and Amble as well as across Northumberland, Alan Hoyle has been a true inspiration to young people.
After leaving high school, Alan started to coach a local basketball team, which he continued to do during his time at university.
After leaving university, Alan turned down work in the United States to continue his unpaid coaching, where he now, six years later, runs Aspire 2 Achieve.
This is a local organisation that gives young people the opportunity to participate in activities and learn new skills.
Using the sport of basketball, Alan works with people of all abilities and ages, including mentally and physically disabled people.
Whether it is through coaching or being a mentor, Alan is a positive role model and a perfect Torchbearer.
Alan said: “I’m really looking forward to it. It is a great honour to do it in my home county where I grew up and it’s all fantastic really.
“It’s getting young people involved as well, they are all asking about it and want to go and see the Torch when it comes through.”