Discover ways to get fitter and healthier ahead of London 2012

Started to think about a new year's resolution? Then why not make a sport or health related commitment as part of Pledge 2012.

Pledge 2012 is an initiative formed by Active Norfolk in association with Norfolk County Council and NHS Norfolk and supported by the Eastern Daily Press and BBC Radio Norfolk.

It calls for the people of Norfolk to pledge to get active in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Pledges can be anything from simply taking up a new sporting activity, completing a charity run, gaining a new coaching qualification, quitting smoking or losing weight - anything which is going to present a challenge but is also achievable as well.

There are many opportunities throughout the county for people of all ages to participate in a more active and healthier lifestyle.

Over the next two weeks, the EDP will be provide an overview of just some of the opportunities available across the county going into the new year - just remember to make your pledge at first.

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Pledge to try or take up a new sporting activity and book on to a 'Get Into' course

'Get Into' offers 4-8 week courses of activity for adults in a wide variety of sports, from archery to golf and skiing to netball; there is something for everyone. All courses are delivered by qualified instructors in a friendly, social and non-competitive environment and are subsidised to keep the cost low. The next round of courses will be starting at the end of January / start of February and will be listed soon on

Pledge to participate in more sporting activities as a family

Find out if your village is already signed up to the Norfolk Village Games project or if they are not, volunteer and become a Village Sport Coordinator.

The Village Games project is all about rural sports development and taking sport out to the community. Villages can host taster roadshows or a series of different sports sessions with the aim of getting a team together.

Active Norfolk hosts six district games with villages winning through to the prestigious Norfolk Village Games County Final.

Villages can join together with neighbouring villages or compete on their own. The project represents a fantastic way for families to carry out a wide range of sporting activities together.

Visit for more information.

Pledge to take a particular coaching qualification and book onto a course as part of Active Norfolk's Coach Education Week

About 35 to 40 coaching courses including full National Governing Body awards and developmental opportunities for existing qualified coaches will be held at the UEA Sportspark between April 10 to 15.

Courses which will be running include Level 1 awards in football, badminton, cricket and Level 2 awards in athletics and dodgeball.

Also in April 2012 at Lynnsport, Kings Lynn, the College of West Anglia will be delivering a number of courses including basketball, football, rugby union and Tennis.

Full details of courses and how you can book onto the courses coming soon at

Don't miss Tuesday's EDP for our latest edition of our Olympics pull-out London Calling.