West Norfolk Village games set to launch

The West Norfolk Village Games held at Lynnsport. Picture: Ian Burt

The West Norfolk Village Games held at Lynnsport. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

West Norfolk villages are being called on to show their sporting talent for the 24th annual games.

Any village, no matter how big or small, and residents of any age are invited to compete this June at Alive Lynnsport.

The games, sponsored this year by Mercedes of King's Lynn, are set to launch on April 25, when Elizabeth Nockolds, cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, will be joined by last year's winners Terrington St Clement, Massingham and Harpley, as well as a representative from Mercedes, Georgie King and event organiser, Adam Garford.

Mr Garford said: 'The Village Games is a fantastic event it really brings the community together. We need key personalities in villages to step forward and raise a team to enter.'

The event will remain the same as recent years with events for adults and children ranging from football, netball, badminton and bowls to rounders, fitness triathlon and a 'gladiator challenge' in Lynnsport's gymnastics centre.

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A village can enter as many as they choose.

Mrs Nockolds, an Alive Leisure trustee, said: 'The games are a fantastic opportunity for villages to compete in a range of sporting activities. It also encourages people to try and continue with a new sport.'

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Last summer was the fourth year in a row Terrington St Clement won the event for the medium village category and the second year for Massingham, Harpley and Houghton which teamed up again to compete in the small village group.

Around 800 participants competed in 13 different sports.

Last year was also the first time Ingoldisthorpe had participated and the village achieved first place in the junior badminton.

Details are available at www.aliveleisure.co.uk/alive-sports-development or contact Alive Sports Development on 01553 818017.

The games will take place on June 26 between 10am and 4pm.

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