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Sports Grant Applied For

A number of new sports and leisure clubs could soon be springing up in South Norfolk following the latest meeting of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association. 

It was agreed to put together a grant bid for new clubs and equipment for existing clubs with the aim of launching petanque, rounders and tennis clubs in the villages next Spring. 

The association is also looking into the possibility of starting up a number of minor sports such as goalball, handball and volleyball. 

“We have a wonderful opportunity in our three villages of marking Olympic year with a true legacy by starting up new clubs and supporting existing ones. A number of village groups will be working together to look at the whole question of fitness and well being and encourage more people to take part in regular exercise,” said association chairman Peter Steward. 

Plans could also see another beginners’ running club being started in the Spring to function alongside the existing social running club started by the association this year in partnership with Active Norfolk. 

“As well as introducing new clubs we will be looking to provide fun facilities such as cement table tennis tables and basketball hoops at various venues. These are exciting times for fitness in our villages,” Peter Steward said, adding that grants would also be sought to extend and improve the existing pavilion on Hethersett Memorial Playing Field. 

The meeting celebrated an outstanding year for sport in Hethersett and the Meltons which saw their team win the Active Norfolk South Norfolk Village Games and finish runners-up in the county finals to Downham Market.  

Reports were also given on the three day Hethersett Open Weekend, the May come and try sports evening, the massive Sport in the Park event, the villages’ pledge to fitness campaign and the off route visit of the Official London 2012 Olympic flame. 

Nest year will also see the association launch a campaign encouraging people to walk and cycle within the villages and also giving support to extend cycle paths between Hethersett and Little Melton and Hethersett and Wymondham. 

The association is open to clubs and individuals either working in or with an interest in sport, recreation, fitness and well being. The next meeting will be at Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett, at 7.30 p.m on November 26th. More information on the association is available on the web site www.handmsa.weebly.com