and Meltons Sports Association
It has been in my mind to start a sports association in
Hethersett for some time and when I was appointed to the post of sports
co-ordinator for Active Norfolk I realised that this could act as a catalyst
for launching such a body.
I was contacted by a number of organisations in Little
and Great Melton and it seemed sensible and logical to incorporate those
villages as well – Hence the launch of the Hethersett and The Meltons Sports
The idea behind HaMSA is for the various sports in the
area to work together for the mutual benefit of all. This may seem a difficult
task as there will be a huge diversity of interests involved but I am hoping
to harness the energy of everyone for the benefit of all. At the same time I
am hoping the setting up of the association will lead to more people taking up
exercise and sport and joining established clubs – particularly where
membership has dropped to low levels.
Fitness of course doesn’t depend on being a top
sportsman or woman. I believe the association can play a large part in
encouraging people to ditch their cars and walk more around the villages and
of course this could be helped by the current economic climate and cost of
The Association dovetails in well with a number of
existing groups in the villages such as the Hethersett Olympic Committee which
will leave a sporting and fitness legacy long beyond the London 2012 games and
the Hethersett Environmental Action Team (HEAT) which is always looking to
improve the local environment and I am sure will fully support any fitness
ideas we put forward.
I am very pleased to say that the response to the idea of
a sports association has exceeded my expectations. To date every single club
and organisation contacted has agreed to send a representative and the idea
behind our inaugural meeting will be to bounce ideas around and allow the
association to take its own shape.
To that end we have also received support from parish
councils and our two district councillors and a variety of other groups. I am
keen that all sports groups/clubs are included in the association along with
practitioners and professionals working within the sports and fitness fields.
In order to prompt some discussion I have put together
some ideas below which we can look at on the night and see how they can be
To my mind the aims of the association should incorporate
We can achieve some or all of the above by
There are a number of questions and matters about the
association that need to be answered such as:
Hopefully the above paper will give some ideas for
discussion at our first meeting.
Peter Steward (Active Norfolk Sports Co-ordinator for Hethersett) – January 2011