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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Terrington St Clement’s fantastic year of sporting success continued at the prestigious Active Norfolk Sports Awards 2012.
The West Norfolk community triumphed at the event, by picking up the Sporting Village of the Year prize ahead of Downham Market and Hickling.
The glory followed hot on the heels of Terrington winning the West Norfolk Inter-Village Games for the first time since 1997 and the same ‘medium-sized’ prize at the county championships.
Sheryl Thompson, St Clement’s joint village sport co-ordinator, said: “It was an absolute honour and delight to collect the award of behalf of all the people of all ages in the village who have shown over the last 12 months just how much they have enjoyed coming together and getting active.
“This has been achieved by community spirit of the village, and help and assistance from the West Norfolk Borough Council sports development team, Active Norfolk, West Norfolk Sports Council, Terrington Parish Council and other local groups. Well done, Terrington St Clement.”
The county award was handed out to the village or community that had best increased participation in sport and physical activity during the last 12 months.
Since the completion of a new sports pavilion at the village’s memorial playing field in Churchgateway in 2009, Terrington’s sporting scene has gone from strength to strength.
A host of new sports groups and clubs have been set-up, including archery and a ladies’ running club, while St Clement’s junior football outfit – Terrington Tigers – helped organise the largest village entry at the GEAR 10km race in King’s Lynn.
Mark Bobbins, joint village sport co-ordinator, said: “All of the success has been good because sport has brought the whole village together.
“I’m surprised we won the Norfolk Games and expected Downham to win our category at the Active Norfolk awards, so I’m delighted. The awards are for the village as a whole because everybody has embraced what we’re doing. You can put clubs on, but they don’t work if nobody turns up.
“It’s been a great year, but Sheryl deserves the most praise. She’s been the driving force behind it all and does so much work behind the scenes.”
Bobbins said taster sessions to set up basketball, golf and junior badminton clubs in Terrington are being lined up for the near future.