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Hethersett - Champion of Champions - posted December 1st 2011

Hethersett are the Norfolk Sports Champion of Champions  and the Norfolk Sports Village of the Year for 2011.

The awards were presented at a special reception held at Norwich's Forum to announce the 2011 sports awards organised by the Eastern Daily Press Newspaper and Active Norfolk..

The awards recognise the outstanding contribution to sport made by our village over the past 12 months when events have included a visit by the 1948 London Olympic Torch, the annual Hethersett Olympic weekend, the setting up of Hethersett and the Meltons Sports Association, winning the South Norfolk Village Games and finishing runners-up in the Norfolk Village Games.

In addition to the above numerous groups in the village including the Hethersett Olympic Committee, Hethersett Environmental Action Team, the Hethersett Memorial Playing Field Trustees and the Hethersett Open Spaces Group have been working tirelessly to make Hethersett the ultimate sport/fitness and well being village.

Hethersett Parish Councillor and Olympic Committee Chairman Shane Hull and Hethersett Sports Association Chair Peter Steward received trophies on behalf of the village at a special presentation evening in Norwich Forum on November 30th. Presentations were made by Norfolk paralympic shotput champion Danny Nobbs.

Compere for the evening Shaun Peel of BBC Television praised Hethersett for the village's efforts to improve fitness and well being in the village. Our nomination stated the following: "Hethersett  is striving to make itself the ultimate sports village with a number of groups being set-up to promote sport and improve facilities. These groups have been working together in an effort to provide top class sport, encourage fitness and enhance the environment as well as providing coaching at all levels. The Hethersett Olympic Committee has overseen a weekend of sporting events over the past two years that has included a sport in the park day featuring over 30 free sports available to the public, a two-mile fun run, and a major ladies five a side football tournament. Hethersett’s ultimate aim is, by working together as a community, to provide as many sports and past-times as possible so that people can improve their fitness by taking part in regular exercise.

A special article on sport in the village and events both from 2011 and coming in 2012 is available by clicking here.