Necton celebrates council sports grant

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A village near Swaffham looks set to see a major boost to its sporting facilities after winning a district council grant.

The parish council in Necton has been awarded more than £2,500 to fund much of the cost of a new outdoor table tennis table for the village on the playing field.

The new facility is expected to be in place by next spring.

And parish clerk Gabrielle Joyce said: “Local residents have spoken to us recently about whether an outdoor table tennis facility would be possible, so we’re delighted that with help from the fund that goal will now be achieved.

“The table will be free to use and available to all and will complement our existing outdoor gym and children’s play area.

Hopefully local clubs and groups will also be able to use the facility for some friendly competitions.”

The scheme is one of four that shared around £11,000 in the first wave of awards from Breckland Council’s Sport and Play fund, which was launched in the spring.

More than 40 bids have been submitted for support from the £300,000 project.

Charles Carter, the district council’s executive member for growth, said: “These projects will make a real difference to local communities.

“I’m delighted that we’ve already been able to put the fund to such good use.

“I look forward to seeing these four projects coming to fruition in due course and hope to see many more schemes from across the district given the go-ahead over the coming months.”