Thetford sports coach becomes the pupil for six-month charity challenge

Kirsty Turner, coach for the Thetford Bulldogs Football Club, celebrates achieving her six sport cha

Kirsty Turner, coach for the Thetford Bulldogs Football Club, celebrates achieving her six sport challenge, and raising funds for the Bulldogs as well. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Two or three sporting hobbies would be enough to keep most people entertained.

Kirsty Turner during her six sport challenge. Kirsty with Chris Reeve who coached her in Taekwondo.

Kirsty Turner during her six sport challenge. Kirsty with Chris Reeve who coached her in Taekwondo. Picture: JO SIMPSON

But one enthusiastic fundraiser has spend the last six months throwing herself into six new sports in aid of the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford.

Kirsty Turner, Thetford Bulldogs Football Club Under 19s coach, began her challenge in February to spend a month learning as much as she could about six vastly different sports.

During the challenge she tackled snooker, taekwondo and karate, archery, gymnastics, hockey and hammer-throwing, using local clubs and coaches including Thetford Archery, Thetford Athletics, Thetford Hockey Club and snooker coach Jo Simpson, who also chronicled Ms Turner's challenge in photographs.

So far the 42-year-old, who also acts as the Bulldogs club secretary, has raised more than £600 from the challenge. Of this total, £130 was raised through a charity football match between the Bulldogs' coaches and Under 19s team at the club's training ground in Euston.

Kirsty Turner during her six sport challenge. Kirsty learning archery. Picture: JO SIMPSON

Kirsty Turner during her six sport challenge. Kirsty learning archery. Picture: JO SIMPSON

The money will go towards improving the sports facilities at the Charles Burrell Centre.

'I feel like I have achieved something. I am really proud of what I have done.

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'I'm also really thankful to the coaches who helped me. It was all about getting them to give up their time, because they are all so busy with their athletes.

'I think it has highlighted just how much sport we have got in Thetford, and all these clubs and coaches are helping the kids in the town to get into sports.

Kirsty Turner during her six sport challenge. Kirsty as the goalkeeper in hockey. Picture: JO SIMPSO

Kirsty Turner during her six sport challenge. Kirsty as the goalkeeper in hockey. Picture: JO SIMPSON

'All the sports were all a bit difficult, because it's hard to do a sport you have never done before.

'I quite liked the hammer-throwing, and I have not done hockey since I was at school so to do it again was great because I enjoy it.'

Ms Turner added that she also feels 'a lot fitter' after the challenge, which saw her fit training in at evenings and weekends around her ordinary routine and Bulldogs training.

Anyone wanting to donate to Ms Turner's challenge can do so at the Charles Burrell Centre.

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