Norwich youngsters stretch their muscles for Sport Relief

UEA Sportspark's Sportscamp members get ready for Sport Relief.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

UEA Sportspark's Sportscamp members get ready for Sport Relief.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

As UEA Sportspark prepares to host one of Sport Relief's flagship events, youngsters from across the city have been stretching their muscles to prepare.

And Sport Relief are urging everyone to get involved as the televised Swimathon next month will be set at their 50m swimming pool.

With a variety of other activities through the day at a free open day, it is an opportunity to get involved in every sport on offer at the complex.

Children taking part in the half term Sportscamp rallied behind the cause yesterday.

'It is all about getting them outside and active, and getting them interested in sport from an early age,' said Phil Steele, director of sports at UEA Sportspark. 'Because Sport Relief will be on March 20, there will be activities happening all over the country, but Norwich is one that will be televised on the day. 'All the cities involved are those Greg James visited during his Gregathon. We will be hosting the Swimathon here, and cycling and running will be at Earlham Park. Alongside that there will probably be an open day with activities for the general public. 'We would encourage people to sign up to the events, or simply to come along to the open day. Hopefully we can raise as much money as we can for the brilliant work that Sport Relief does.'

The Norwich Sainsbury's Sport Relief Games takes place on Sunday March 20 in and around Sportspark and the University of East Anglia campus.

Participants are encouraged to run, walk, swim or cycle by signing up for the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile, the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Swimathon and the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Cycle.

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The cash raised through Sport Relief will help disadvantaged people across the UK and the world's poorest communities.

Rosy Hawkins-Weeks, eight, of Brooke Primary School, has taken up climbing, gymnastics, swimming and tag rugby at Sportspark during the holidays.

She joined a group of 20 others urging people to sign up to Sport Relief.

'I like coming here when mum and dad are at work, because I like doing sport,' she said. 'It is fun, it is active, and there is lots of things to do. 'My favourite sport at the moment is climbing, because that can really challenge you.'

Jess Kirke, Senior Events Manager at Comic Relief said: 'We are thrilled to have Norwich hosting one of our Flagship Sainsbury's Sport Relief Games and encourage everyone to sign up and join in the fun.

'It doesn't matter whether you are sporty or not, however you take part you will be raising money that will help people living incredibly tough lives, both here at home in the UK and in the world's poorest communities.'

To sign up for the games visit

Each event has a range of distances to sign up to depending on ability.

The Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile

· 1 mile

· 3 miles

· 6 miles

The Sainsbury's Sport Relief Swimathon

· 1.5k

· 2.5k

· 5km

The Sainsbury's Sport Relief Cycle

· Family Cycle – 3 miles

· 25 miles

· 50 miles