Norfolk set for its own mini-Olympics, ahead of London 2012

Norfolk could stage its own mini-Olympics ahead of the real thing in 2012.

Fans of sports as diverse as petanque and softball are inviting clubs from towns and cities across Europe to a sporting challenge in King's Lynn, in June and July, 2012.

Organisers West Norfolk Sports Council and the King's Lynn-Emmerich Twinning Club, hope the event will boost links between twinned towns and give Norfolk a way to celebrate the run-up to the Olympics proper, which begin in London on July 27, 2012.

Taster sessions will also be on offer for the public, to promote exercise and a healthier lifestyle.

Organisers also hope the sporting sporting challenges, which will be held at locations across West Norfolk, will coincide with the route of the Olympic flame, which will be announced in January.

Paul Brandon, from the West Norfolk Sports Council, said: 'We felt that this would be a fitting way to celebrate the Olympics coming to Britain.

'As well as raising the profile of sporting excellence the Olympic Games bring people from different cultures together.

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'We hope that by enjoying some healthy competition with our European neighbours we can learn from each other and strengthen the links between our countries for the future.

'We will be looking for local teams and individuals to take part so if you would like to join us please get in touch.'

Brian Harrison, chairman of the King's Lynn-Emmerich Twinning Club, said: 'I believe that this initiative, which is being led by this club, will encourage young people to take part.

'It is really important that these twinning links are continued and obviously the involvement of youth is critical to the future.'

West Norfolk Sports Council will be discussing the event and other plans to mark the Olympics at its meeting on January 24.

The committee is inviting people to submit suggestions about how they would like to see the games marked in the borough.

Anyone who has a suggestion or would like to register their interest can contact Mr Brandon on wnsc@sky.com.