Olympian efforts help Fakenham do award double

KES PE teachers who are celebrating success.  LtoR - Alison Taylor, Steve Leat, Jody Walters, Ben Allsop, Ross McNeil, Ollie Denton, Amanda Price, Danny Gay and Jessica Burrell. ANL-141119-092110009

KES PE teachers who are celebrating success. LtoR - Alison Taylor, Steve Leat, Jody Walters, Ben Allsop, Ross McNeil, Ollie Denton, Amanda Price, Danny Gay and Jessica Burrell. ANL-141119-092110009

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Fakenham enjoyed double delight at the Active Norfolk Sports Awards at the Forum in Norwich when it not only won the Sporting Village of the Year title, but also the prestigious Winner of Winners’ crown.

The judges were impressed by the way in which the Active Fakenham team had motivated its community to become involved in a great variety of activities this past year.

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Local coordinator of the group, Richard Crook, expressed his delight after accepting the trophies from Active Norfolk director Ben Jones.

He said: “We are thrilled to win both these awards and feel that there are some exciting things going on in Fakenham.

“In April we organised a Shopkeepers’ Olympics and Showcase day involving over 100 volunteers taking part in all sorts of activities in the town centre.

“In August we set up 56 events over a nine-day period which included many sports, a fun run, a literary festival, a theatre performance, alternative therapies and a cycle challenge which attracted hundreds of participants.”

In accepting the awards, Mr Crook thanked Active Norfolk for its commitment to such a programme which this year involved some 600 communities.

He added: “They have supported us all and have done an excellent job right across the county.

“This is a great night for the town and thanks are due to all the volunteers who supported Active Fakenham, the businesses who got behind us and the Awards for All lottery which helped make it all possible.”

West Norfolk had a superb night at the Active Norfolk awards as Lynn’s King Edward VII Academy scooped Sports School of the Year, and Paul Brandon from the West Norfolk Sports Council won the BBC Unsung Hero award for his contribution to voluntary sport.