The village sports coordinator scheme, which has helped people in rural locations get involved with sport, has celebrated its tenth birthday.
West Norfolk borough mayor, Elizabeth Watson, marked the occasion with a special gathering of coordinators past and present at Lynn Town Hall.
The scheme involves recruiting local sports champions. Supported by Active Norfolk and the West Norfolk Council’s sports development unit, the coordinators organise events and support people to lead their own activities.
Many help to create teams for the Village Games, held at Lynnsport, with winners taking part in the county final in Norwich.
The scheme has gained recognition from Sport England and in 2010, Active Norfolk, which now manages it, rolled it out across Norfolk. Iain Kissock, the longest serving coordinator having represented Docking since 2004, was presented with a Village Flame trophy in recognition of his contribution.
Mrs Watson described the scheme as “a fantastic success ... that builds a real sense of community spirit” and said: “It is the dedication of coordinators like Iain that makes the scheme such a success and this is a fitting occasion to thank them all for the great work they do in their communities.”
Aaron Roberts, Active Norfolk, said, “The coordinators are vital in encouraging and supporting sport in rural areas. We would like to thank them all for their support and to invite even more people to join their ranks.”