Communities gear up for sporting fun

The Diss and Roydon team that won the large village category in last year's Norfolk Village Games The Diss and Roydon team that won the large village category in last year's Norfolk Village Games

Monday, July 7, 2014
12:45 PM

Village and town teams are all set for games finale

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Broadland Village Games at Aylsham High School. Adam Mayo and his daughter Maggie, 10, from the Hainford & Stratton Strawless team try their hand at archery. 
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYBroadland Village Games at Aylsham High School. Adam Mayo and his daughter Maggie, 10, from the Hainford & Stratton Strawless team try their hand at archery. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

It’s a community sporting event which is more about the fun of taking part than winning.

But expect friendly rivalries to resume as the Norfolk Village Games returns for its finals this Sunday.

Held at UEA Sportspark, 30 teams will compete in three tiers of competition – large, medium and small village – having fought their way to the final in regional heats.

They will tackle a range of events including five-a-side football, golf, tennis, bowls, badminton and table tennis.

Last year’s event saw 2,500 spectators turn out to watch the action as competitors aged from eight to 80 battled it out.

We’ll be introducing this year’s teams throughout this week in readiness for Sunday’s finale.

Team members from across the generations

With more than 50 competitors, aged from nine to 80, the Hethersett and the Meltons Village Games team is ready to cover all bases. The team has been crowned south Norfolk champions for the past four years and runner-ups in the county finals for the last three. Peter Steward, nicknamed Mr Hethersett for his tireless work in the community, said: “The village games provide a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to get together for a day of fun and friendly competition.”

Members of the community love sport

Downham Market has been taken part in the games for the last three years.

The town has an enviable record, winning in 2011 and 2012, and coming third last year.

“We compete in the small market town category and as we have nobody in West Norfolk to challenge us we always get through to the county finals,” said team organiser Frances Rayner. “The team is made up of a few families, friends and members of the community who love sport.”

Anyone can take part and be inspired by the games

Competitors in the Diss and Roydon team will be hoping they can repeat their feat from last year when they won the large village title at the Norfolk Village Games.

A 30-strong team, including sports players from the Diss and Harleston Christian Community Church (DC3), is set to take part when the games start on Sunday.

Paul Holloway, village games co-ordinator for Diss and Roydon, said Diss and Roydon had first entered the competition two years ago.

Mr Holloway said while a number of the players came from the DC3 church, he was hopeful of getting children from local schools to take part and said his team needed archers for the archery competition.

He added: “The beauty of these events is that anybody can take part and get inspired by doing things that they had never done at school.”

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