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Sports Galore


More than 20 sports and activities will be featured in a special “come and try” Saturday as part of this year’s Hethersett Olympics celebrations. 

Last year the sport in the park event attracted well over 1,000 people and this year’s event promises to be even bigger and better. 

Sports and activities already line-up include: Athletics, football, cycle speedway, golf, bowls, table tennis, tennis, badminton, lacrosse, hockey, martial arts, Watt bikes, rowing, table tennis, tug of war, boxing, hoola hoops and keep fit, skipping, gymnastics, volleyball and possibly archery. 

Sport in the Park will take place on Saturday July 23rd  from 11 a.m until 4 p.m as part of the village’s second Olympic weekend in celebration of the London 2012 games. 

The weekend will kick off on Friday 22nd July with a swimming marathon in Hethersett Junior School pool when pupils will attempt to swim 2,012 lengths. This will be followed by a water polo competition involving local sports clubs. 

Friday evening sees the finals of Hethersett’s Got Talent in the Village Hall. After Saturday’s Sport in the Park event the celebrations will continue on the Sunday with a Hethersett Churches Together morning service, a major ladies five a side football tournament and another highlight of the weekend – the run the square two mile fun run where all those finishing the course will be awarded medals and certificates. This is an event for both the serious athlete and funrunners, many of whom dress up.

The celebrations will be completed on the Sunday evening with a Last Night of the Proms concert featuring the Pulham Orchestra in Hethersett Parish Church. 

Details of events to hand are as follows: 

Friday morning – Children from Hethersett Junior School swim 2,012 lengths of their school pool 

Friday afternoon – Local sports clubs water polo competition in Hethersett Junior School pool. 

Friday evening – Hethersett’s Got Talent final in Hethersett Village Hall – tickets £2.50. Heats to take place at Woodside School on July 3rd. Registration forms will be available from Hethersett Library and from this web site in the near future. 

Saturday – Sport in the park from 11 a.m until 4 p.m. Free entry and all activities free to try. Refreshments including candy floss, barnecue, ice creams, teas and coffees will be on sale. 

Sunday – Churches Together church service, 10 a.m (details and venue to be finalised. 

Run the Square two mile funrun starting at Hethersett Junior School at 11 a.m. Roads along the route will be closed off during the run. The event will be started by Andy Whittle, Head of the Junior School. There will be a pre-event warm up by Norfolk Olympian Paul Evans. Registration forms will be available before the event. Limited registrations can be taken on the day. Certificates and medals for all those completing the course. 

Ladies Five-a-side football tournament on the Memorial Playing Field throughout the day. Featuring top ladies teams from Norfolk and further afield. 

Last Night of the Proms featuring Pulham Orchestra in St Remigius Church, Hethersett, bring your own flags, bells, whistles etc. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults, £1 for Under-16s. 

The organising committee is looking to borrow a large digital clock with gantry for the Sunday funrun. Last year’s clock is not available for this year’s event. Anybody with a such an item who is prepared to loan or hire it out should e-mail this site by clicking here