Four international sports stars to open Aylsham’s Youngs Park sports venue

England's Ben Youngs (left) and Tom Youngs sing the National Anthem before a match at Twickenham.

England's Ben Youngs (left) and Tom Youngs sing the National Anthem before a match at Twickenham. - Credit: PA

A quartet of international sports starts will cut a ribbon and officially open a new £2m-plus community facility in north Norfolk next month.

England rugby brothers and 'local lads' Ben and Tom Youngs, Norwich City captain and Scottish international Russell Martin, and former Norwich City manager and Northern Ireland player and manager Nigel Worthington will be the VIPs at the May 1 event.

For the Youngs brothers it is a particularly personal commitment as the facility, Aylsham's Youngs Park, is built on land which was once their family farm, hence its name.

Tom Youngs said he and his brother were delighted to be involved in the opening.

He added: 'We're looking forward to seeing hundreds of people on the day enjoying themselves and we know this site will make a positive difference to thousands of people of all ages in the coming years.'

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The park features 10 football pitches, floodlights, a 120-space car park, and a 250sq m function room and bar named the Aylsham Community Sports clubhouse which can be booked for community and private events.

The pitches have been in use since November but a spokesman said the official opening would be an opportunity for everyone to come together for a celebration which will also include live music, a specially-arranged football match and fireworks.

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The bar will be open from 4pm, the VIPs will do their work at 5pm, Past versus Present football matches will kick off at 5.30pm, local band Lithium will play from 7.30pm and celebrations will end with a grand finale firework display at 9pm.

Entry is free and all are welcome.

The Youngs family gifted the land and £500,000 as part of a wider housing development agreement to build more than 200 homes.

Additional funding came from Sport England, The Football Stadia Improvement Fund, Aylsham FC and Broadland District Council.

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