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Villages and local sports clubs are being invited to take part in a Rural Festival of Sport (3-31 May 2014).

West Norfolk Sports Council is currently putting together a bid to Sport England for £8,000 of funding to provide a West Norfolk Rural Festival of Sport next summer.

If successful, it is anticipated that over 40 villages would participate throughout the course of the four-week event and a huge range of free sports taster sessions would be offered to residents. Active Norfolk and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk have both offered their support in the event of a successful bid.

Paul Brandon, West Norfolk Sports Council Administrator, who is co-ordinating the funding bid said: “We are keen to help people in West Norfolk to get the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. The rural nature of the borough can sometimes make it difficult for people to access sports opportunities. The Rural Festival of Sport, which would be entirely free of charge to attend, would be a great way to introduce people to a range of activities on their doorstep. Because it would showcase local clubs and village facilities, it would also help them to attract new members, helping to make rural sports sustainable in the future.

“At this stage we need to gauge local interest so we’re asking all West Norfolk villages and local sports clubs who might be interested in providing at least one taster session, to get in touch. There is no firm commitment required at this time. ”

West Norfolk villages or rural sports clubs which would like to participate are asked to write to Paul Brandon c/o the Sports Development Unit, Lynnsport & Leisure Park, Greenpark Avenue, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE30 2NB before Saturday 22 June. Alternatively, please email wnsc@sky.com or call 01553 813051. The bid is being put together as part of the Let’s Get Active campaign - a campaign which aims to encourage more West Norfolk residents to take part in regular activity. Campaign partners work to overcome barriers to sport, particularly those encountered by people living in rural areas, and to showcase the great range of activities available in West Norfolk.