West Norfolk villages prepare to do battle at games

Village Games at Lynn Sport'Winners Terrington in the Medium Village ANL-150628-212420009
Village Games at Lynn Sport'Winners Terrington in the Medium Village ANL-150628-212420009

West Norfolk villages will show off their wide range of sporting talents at the 24th annual Village Games on Sunday.

It’s just like a mini-Olympic Games as the community is brought together at Lynnsport.

Alive Leisure’s sports development manager Adam Garford said: “The Village Games is a fantastic event.

“They are just like a mini Olympic Games for local villages.

“It is a really fun event for all ages and abilities and it brings village communities together.

“It’s always great to see the rural areas of the borough take over the Lynnsport complex for the day.

“There’s always a good atmosphere among the 800 or so participants and the event builds to a real climax at the end as the village scores are calculated.”

Ten villages have entered this year’s event, where Terrington St Clement will defend their medium village crown after winning the section for the past four years.

In the small villages section there will be a new name on the trophy as Methwold and the Tilneys battle it out for glory.

Other villages in the medium-sized section include Heacham, Dersingham, Feltwell, GLEAM (Gayton, Leziate/Ashwicken, East Winch and Middleton), Clenchwarton, West Winch and Watlington/Magdelen.

The event will remain the same as recent years with a series of events for adults and children ranging from football, netball, badminton and bowls to rounders, fitness triathlon and a ‘gladiator challenge’ in Lynnsport’s gymnastics centre.

They will commence at around 9.30am and will finish with West Norfolk deputy mayor, councillor Carol Bower, making the presentations at 1.15pm.

The day is open to the general public to come along and support their village and refreshments will be available from Lynnsport.

Winning villages will be eligible to represent West Norfolk in the County Village Games Finals at the Sportspark, in Norwich, on Sunday, July 10.

The games are this year being sponsored by Mercedes of Lynn.