Video: Norfolk Village Games 2013 to begin on Sunday

Competitors take part in the Village Games at the Sportspark. The Diss Dodgeball team in action. Picture: Denise Bradley Competitors take part in the Village Games at the Sportspark. The Diss Dodgeball team in action. Picture: Denise Bradley

Kate Scotter
Thursday, June 6, 2013
11:10 AM

Let the games begin – that was the message ahead of a fun-filled sporting showdown which will see hundreds of villages from across the county go head-to-head.

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This Sunday will see the opening rounds of this year’s Norfolk Village Games.

In the north of the county, some 28 villages represented in 13 teams will be competing against each other over 11 different sports at Cromer Sports Centre.

Meanwhile, 35 villages from across the South Norfolk district will be doing battle at Framingham Earl High School.

The winning teams will go on to compete at the grand final at the UEA Sportspark in July.

Organiser Ellen Vanlint said: “Last year was always going to be a tough one to follow but, so far, Village Games 2013 is looking good.

“We’ve already had stand alone netball and golf competitions and an alternative games featuring volleyball, dodgeball, handball and ultimate frisbee and now with the first district competitions nearly upon us, the real competition will start in earnest.

“With more village entries than ever, this year promises to be eventful, especially with lots of new villages adding some new local rivalry across the county. We can’t wait to get started and see who will be best in Norfolk 2013.”

Over the next four weeks, there will be six separate district level competitions – North, South, Breckland, Broadland, Great Yarmouth and West – with three tiers of competition at each event: small villages, medium villages and large villages/market towns.

Teams will be competing in archery, athletics, badminton, climbing wall, darts, fitness triathlon, five-a-side football, rounders, short mat bowls, table tennis and tennis.

The winners and runners-up from the small and medium village category will qualify from each district event along with the winners from the larger section.

All the teams will then head to the UEA Sportspark on July 14 to battle it out for the crown of ‘Best in Norfolk 2013’ in each category.

Last year, the overall victor in the large village category was Downham Market, with Terrington St Clement securing gold from the medium villages and Aslacton and Great Moulton topping the podium for the small villages.

Richard Crook, village sport coordinator for Fakenham, which has entered for the first time, said: “People are looking forward to it. It should be a good day out.”

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