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Olympic Weekend 2011

Hethersett will be hosting a full programme of events in July next year as the village steps up its pre-London Olympic Games celebrations. 

The village was recognised this year for organising more activities per head of the population than any other village, town or city in the country. 

Now the organising committee is promising an even bigger and better celebration with a mix of established events with some new ideas. 

The 2011 weekend will run from July 22nd to 24th and will again feature a mixture of sporting and community events, kicking off on Friday evening with Hethersett’s Got Talent 2. It is hoped the event will attract even more entries than last year, bringing with it a larger age and variety spread. 

Saturday will see the all day Sport in the Park event with more come and try sports and pastimes than last year. Hethersett’s Olympic Committee is currently putting together a full list. This year’s event included badminton, football, tennis, golf, tug of war, martial arts, bowls, cycle speedway and many others. 

Sunday will see a major ladies five-a-side football tournament on the Memorial Playing Field. This year the event attracted top teams from all over East Anglia. One of the highlights of the weekend will be the Sunday morning run the square two mile fun run. This year’s event attracted over 250 runners/walkers and it is hoped that the 2011 event will be even bigger. Sunday will also feature a church service, possibly in the open air, organised by Hethersett and District Churches Together and a closing Last Night of the Proms concert by the Pulham Orchestra in St Remigius’ Church. 

“Once again we are looking to provide a fun weekend where everybody can get involved from the very young to the elderly. This year’s event was a great success but we are looking to be even bigger and better next year,” said chair of Hethersett Olympic Committee Shane Hull. 

The Hethersett Olympic Committee has gained official recognition within the village as a sub committee of Hethersett Parish Council. 

Hethersett’s 2010 Olympic weekend has been shortlisted for The Community Event of the Year in the 2010 Eastern Daily Press People of the Year awards.