On your marks for the West Norfolk Village Games

Village Games launch. Back LtoR - Paul Underhill (VW), Roger Partridge, Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Austin Seales (VW), Tristan Bailey (Audi). Front LtoR, Arthur Allen and Julie Austin from the Massingham's, Harpley and Houghton, Mark Bobbins and Cheryl Thompson from Terrington St Clement. ANL-150225-185905009

Village Games launch. Back LtoR - Paul Underhill (VW), Roger Partridge, Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Austin Seales (VW), Tristan Bailey (Audi). Front LtoR, Arthur Allen and Julie Austin from the Massingham's, Harpley and Houghton, Mark Bobbins and Cheryl Thompson from Terrington St Clement. ANL-150225-185905009

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Pull on your trainers and take part in the 2015 West Norfolk Village Games.

That’s the challenge for villagers of all ages , competing in a range of sports, including bowls, archery and even a gladiator challenge, during the big day at Lynnsport on Sunday, June 28.

Winners from the 2014 games joined organisers Alive Leisure in launching this year’s event at Lynnsport on Wednesday.

A joint team from Harpley and Massingham won the small village competition last year and representatives Julie Austin and Arthur Allen are encouraging more villages to take part.

Mrs Austin said: “It was really good. Although a lot of people knew each other it helped to cement relationships. We held a rounders game before the event.”

Mr Allen added: “There was a lot of enthusiasm in the village for it.”

Terrington St Clement won the medium village section and representative Sheryl Thompson said at the launch: “It was really good and brought the village together.”

Her colleague Mark Bobbins added: “The highlight was how close the competition was last year.”

The games, which have been running for 30 years, will include 19 activities in 13 sports. These include squash, indoor bowls, five-a-side football, darts, mini soccer, archery, rounders, fitness triathlon and the gladiator challenge.

Other sports include badminton, table tennis, mini athletics and netball.

The day will run from 10am to 4pm.

Up to four adjoining parishes or villages are allowed to come together to form a team and villages do not have to enter teams into all of the disciplines.

The day will culminate with a presentation ceremony where the winners will be announced.

Roger Partridge, from Alive Sports Development, said: “It is really exciting and good fun. It is brilliant for the community and brings people together. With country life under threat these days, this event is a good thing.

“Now we need key personalities in villages to take charge.”

West Norfolk Council’s cabinet member for culture, tourism and marketing, Elizabeth Nockolds is also supporting the event.

She said: “West Norfolk Village Games has been running for several years. Everyone is excited and keen to take part. It encourages people to try and continue with a sport.”

This year’s event has been sponsored by King’s Lynn Audi and King’s Lynn Volkswagen, which are part of the Marriott Motor Group.

Austin Seales said: “As we are a family run group, we are keen to support the local community and this is an ideal opportunity for us.”

Entries are now being taken for the games and the deadline is Friday, May 29.

For more information contact Roger Partridge on 01553 818017 or go to www.intervillagegames.co.uk