Norwich hockey players benefit from London 2012 Olympic legacy grant

Sports players in Taverham are set to reap the benefits of a �50,000 Olympic legacy grant.

Taverham Recreational Facilities has been awarded the money from Sport England's Inspired Facilities fund.

It will be used to lay a second synthetic hockey pitch at the Beech Avenue site, next to Taverham High School.

Taverham Recreational Facilities is a partnership between Norwich City Hockey Club, Broadland Hockey Club, Taverham High School and Taverham Parish Council which was formed in 1994 to develop and manage sporting activities in the parish. Taverham Hall School will also make use of the new pitch.

Ali Wardale, Norwich City's youth development officer, said: 'With over 500 regular players, including 250 under-18s, it has been a real challenge to fit all of our training and fixtures on to one pitch. The second pitch will give a huge boost to local hockey and will allow us to continue to grow the clubs. We are really grateful to Sport England for their generous grant.'

The Inspired Facilities fund is part of the �135m Places People Play legacy programme, which aims to bring the magic of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games to communities across the country. Each site which benefits will carry the London 2012 Inspire Mark to show their link to the games.

Do you have a story about the Olympic Games and its impact on Norwich? Contact reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email

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