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East coast villagers limber up for Norfolk Village Games’ Great Yarmouth heats

PUBLISHED: 17:57 16 June 2014 | UPDATED: 17:00 20 June 2014

Archant Norfolk 2014

Community sportsmen and women from across the Great Yarmouth borough are honing their skills ahead of the Great Yarmouth Village Games taking place in Gorleston on Sunday.

The event, at Lynn Grove High School, is the district heat for the county-wide Norfolk Village Games run by Active Norfolk. The main aims including taking sports to rural areas and encouraging villages to put forward teams for the county final.

In the Yarmouth borough, there are more than 100 participants competing with teams from Martham, Gorleston, Hopton, Stokesby and Runham, Winterton and Somerton, and a combined team from Rollesby, Filby and Fleggburgh.

They will play a host of games including football on the all-weather pitch, tennis and fitness triathlon on the new hard courts, and table tennis in the school’s atrium.

Spectators are welcome and the games run from 10am to 1.30pm, with awards presented by the mayor of Yarmouth, Marlene Fairhead.

Councillor Bernard Williamson of Great Yarmouth Borough Council said: “There has been three successful roadshows – at Gorleston, Winterton and Somerton, and Hopton – to build interest in advance of the games. Some 90 people turned up to the Gorleston roadshow to enjoy taster sessions in football, archery, short mat bowls, table tennis, badminton rounders and athletics.

“And with interest in sport growing in 2014, due to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, we are hoping for a strong turnout of spectators at the district heat.”

For more information on the county-wide event visit

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