Village Games to find out who is Sunday’s best

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This Sunday sees the 23rd consecutive annual battle of the villages taking place at Lynnsport in the West Norfolk Village Games.

This year the event has again enjoyed a good response with 14 teams taking part.

Ingoldisthorpe are entering for the first time this year while Methwold make a welcome return.

Terrington St Clement will be defending their ‘medium-size’ village crown and the combined teams of Massingham, Harpley and Houghton defend the ‘small-size’ village title.

Whilst there are some notable absentees, such as Docking and the Wootton, the defending champions will still face stiff opposition from villages such as Heacham, Feltwell and the GLEAM team.

The full kist of entries are:

Small villages – Ingolidsthorpe, Methwold, Massingham-Harpley-Houghton, The Tilneys, Wiggenhall St Germans, Wiggenhall St Mary.

Medium villages – Terrington St Clement, Heacham, Dersingham, Feltwell, GLEAM (Gayton, Leziate/Ashwicken, East Winch, Middleton), The Walpoles, West Winch, Watlington.

Events this year include, badminton, table tennis, mini-athletics, netball, squash, indoor bowls, five-a-side football, darts, gladiator challenge, archery and fitness triathlon.

The event this year is being sponsored by King’s Lynn Audi and King’s Lynn Volkswagen and for the first time being organised by Alive Sport Development, the trust that runs West Norfolk Council’s leisure facilities.

Elizabeth Nockolds, Alive Leisure board member and West Norfolk Council cabinet member forculture, heritage and health, said: “Alive Leisure are very pleased to be organising this year’s event. it will work very much along the same lines as usual and we thank all the local clubs and organisers who are helping again to stage this important event in the West Norfolk calendar.”

The games start at 10am and borough counil deputy mayor David Whitby makes the presentations at 2.30pm.

Senior development amanger from Alive Leisure Roger Partridge has been the event organiser since 1992.

He said: “The Village Games never fail to please. It is just like a mini Olympics for local villages! And it is a really fun event for all ages and abilities.

“It is always great to see the rural areas of the borough take over the Lynnsport complex for the day. There is always a good atmosphere amongst the 800-or-so participlants and the vent builds to a real climax at the end as the village scores are calculated.”

The day is open to the public to come along and support their village. Refreshments are available from Lynnsport.

The winning villages in both categories will be eligible to represent West Norfolk in the County Village Games Finals at the Sportspark in Norwich on July 12.