Filipino sports festival back for 10th year

PINAS Sportsfest 2014

PINAS Sportsfest 2014 - Credit: Archant

The Filipino community are getting together this weekend for their 10th annual sports festival.

PINAS Sportsfest 2014

PINAS Sportsfest 2014 - Credit: Archant

Basketball and volleyball players from Norwich, Bungay and King's Lynn will compete in an event aimed at bringing the south-east Asian community together.

SportsFest 2015 is organised by Pinoy In Norwich Aksyong Samahan (PINAS), also known as The Norwich Filipino Community, and will involve the national game, basketball, and volleyball played by men and women with Filipino heritage.

Tess Ward, president of PINAS, said: 'The sport activity was created to bring Filipinos together to develop friendship among members of the community, to keep fit and live an active life.

'The sport activity encourages members to develop a better physical and mental health, it gives them an opportunity to develop skills in sport and competence, learn to respect others, play fairly and in general to develop good sportsmanship.'

The society also holds a colourful celebration of the entertainment, food and customs of Norfolk's Filipino community every year.

The basketball league is played by the under-18s and adults.

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There are four junior teams – three from Norwich and one from King's Lynn – and eight adult teams competing this year for the championship trophy.

Seven adult teams are from Norwich and one from King's Lynn.

The women's volleyball has three teams, two from Norwich and one from Bungay.

It starts tomorrow from 10am to 6pm. Spectators are welcome.

Another festival, the Barrio Fiesta, which is planned for August, was arranged to allow members of the growing community to honour their own traditions, but also to share their culture and traditions with other nationalities, who are invited to join the festivities.

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