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An Outstanding Year for Sport

Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association looked back on an outstanding year of sport and forward to building a unique Olympic inspired legacy at its latest meeting at Park Farm Hotel. 

A very well attended meeting celebrated 2012 sporting success that had seen established sports clubs expand and the setting up of new social running groups. Other successes included come and try sporting events, the annual Hethersett Open Weekend and the first Hethersett 30/60 cycle ride. A number of local groups worked together tirelessly throughout the year to improve the fitness of local residents. Highlight of the year was the off route visit to Hethersett of the official London Olympic flame, an event that attracted almost 2,000 people in July. 

“The association is going from strength to strength and our aim is to improve fitness and offer more sport and leisure facilities for all ages from the tiniest tots to pensioners. We will be working with groups such as the Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee, Hethersett Parish Council, South Norfolk Council, Active Norfolk and many others to ensure that sport and fitness is kept high on the agenda,” said chairman Peter Steward. 

Hethersett once again won the South Norfolk Village Games for villages and market towns with populations of over 5,000 and come runners-up to Downham Market in the county finals. The villages will be entering teams in Active Norfolk’s alternative village games in January. The association is also currently waiting to hear whether a grant application to the South Norfolk Northern River Valley’s Board has been successful. 

The association has set a number of aims for 2013 which include: Improving sports and leisure facilities in Hethersett and the Meltons, setting up new clubs in a variety of sports including tennis, rounders, handball and other minority sports and encouraging more participation in sport by girls and women. 

The association will also be lobbying for improved cycle paths between Little Melton and Hethersett and Hethersett and Wymondham and launching a campaign encouraging more walking and cycling and less vehicle use in the three villages. 

A special come and try sports evening will be held on Hethersett Memorial Field on May 22nd when the public will be able to try their hand at up to eight different sporting activities free of charge. The association will also be supporting Hethersett’s annual open weekend which will run from July 5th to 7th

The group’s next meeting will be on January 28th. Full details of coming events and other information are available on the web site which can be accessed by clicking here.