WEST NORFOLK: Battle of the villages

Entries are being invited for this year’s West Norfolk Village Games.

The annual battle, albeit a friendly one, to become the ‘best in the west’ will be held at Lynnsport in King’s Lynn on Sunday 30 June.

There are two categories once again this year, one for small villages (under 1250 on the electoral roll) and one for medium-sized villages (1251 - 4250 on the electoral roll). Any of the 90 villages in the borough may take part or up to four adjoining parishes can join together to form a ‘village’ team.

This year there are 13 sports on offer including traditional favourites like football, netball, indoor bowls and badminton as well as archery, rounders, darts and a fitness triathlon. Villages can choose to take part in as many or as few events as they wish. Points are awarded for places and the best six scores recorded are combined to calculate villages’ total performance. The competition includes events suitable for children (minimum age 8) and adults.

Roger Partridge, Sports Development Manager and event organiser over the last 21 years, said: “The West Norfolk Village Games has always been really popular. Over the years we’ve seen many village communities come and have great fun at the event and we’re hoping that the London Olympic and Paralympic Games will have inspired even more people to get involved in these local games this year.

“The event website is full of information about the day and photographs of past years give a real flavour of the event so I’d encourage anyone who is thinking of joining in to take a look.”

The timetable for the day is dependent upon the number of entries received but the event typically runs from 10 am until 4 pm.

Terrington St Clement (medium village) and Docking (small village) are the defending champions.

The West Norfolk Village Games is now part of a Norfolk-wide programme organised by Active Norfolk. In 2010, thanks to a £550,000 lottery award, Active Norfolk was able to roll out the Village Games to the whole county. Each district has its own competition and the winners and runners up for each category go on to represent their district at the county finals that will be held at the University of East Anglia’s Sportspark in Norwich on 15 July.

Full details of all the events and team requirements are available online at: www.intervillagegames.co.uk. Entry forms can be downloaded from the website or people can contact Amy East, West Norfolk’s Rural Sports Development Officer on 07795 301526 or the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk’s Sports Development Unit on 01553 818015 to request a hard copy. The deadline for entries is 31 May.