Athletics club recognised at Fields in Trust Awards

Harling Athletics Club has been recognised at the Fields in Trust Awards 2016 for its work to promot

Harling Athletics Club has been recognised at the Fields in Trust Awards 2016 for its work to promote the sport. Via Fields in Trust - Credit: Fields in Trust

An athletics club which began life with a handful of members two years ago is celebrating after gaining recognition at a national awards ceremony.

Harling Athletics Club in Norfolk was recognised at the Fields in Trust Awards for its work to increase participation in the sport.

Meanwhile East Harling recreation ground was named as having the best athletics project on a Fields in Trust site at a ceremony at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.

The best athletics project award is supported by England Athletics and parkrun and celebrates those who help the community get involved in running and athletics activities on their local green spaces.

Harling Athletics Club is now an England Athletics affiliated club with more than 170 members, 70pc of whom are aged six to 15.

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Following rapid growth since it was founded in 2014, it has ambitious plans to develop the site in East Harling by building a world-class sports park for the community.

Speaking after receiving the award, the club's founder Ron Marsh said: 'Who would have thought that our little village in Norfolk would win such a prestigious award.

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'When I set up this club with only a handful of children, I presented our parish council with my project and was backed all the way.'

He added: 'Harling Athletics Club has a very bright future with this perfect partnership with Field in Trust.'

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