Broadland Sports News January 2012

Marriott’s Way 10k race and corporate challenge
The race and corporate challenge will be held on Sunday 14th October 2012.  This year there will be a new finish and chip timing.  More details to follow in the spring. 

Sportivate – New courses for Spring 2012
Places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis to those aged 18 – 25 years old.

Sportivate Golf
Where        Sprowston Manor, Wroxham Road, Norwich NR7 8RP
When         6:30pm – 7:30pm, Monday 13th, 20th and 27th Feb, 5th, 12th and 19th March.
Cost        Only £10 for 6 hourly sessions (normally £50)
Learn the full fundamental set-up, full swing analysis, use of the irons and the woods.  All equipment will be provided.

Sportivate Badminton
Where        Hellesdon High School, Middletons Lane, Hellesdon, Norwich, NR6 5SB
When        8:00pm – 9:00pm, Wednesdays 18th and 25th Jan, 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd Feb.
Cost        Only £10 for 6 hourly sessions
Why not come along to our beginners badminton session; learn about the basics of badminton or improve your game, with an experienced badminton coach.

Sportivate Spinning
Where        Oasis Sports and Leisure Centre, Pound Lane, Thorpe St Andrew, NR7 0UB
When        7:00pm – 7:45pm, Mondays, 16th, 23rd and 30th Jan, 6th, 13th and 20th Feb
Cost        £10 for 6 sessions (normally £27)
Spinning is one of the best ways to get into shape. This indoor cycling class will improve your stamina and burn fat like nothing else. Ride your way over a series of hills and sprints accompanied by an inspiring sound track and motivating instructor.

Sportivate Tenpin Bowling
Where        NAMCO Funscape, 10 Barnard Road, Bowthorpe, Norwich, NR5 9LB
When        6:30pm-8:00pm, Thursdays 19th and 26th January, 2nd and 9th February
Cost        £10 for 4 sessions.
Learn the basic four step approach, basic swing technique, targeting, how to score and lane etiquette whilst taking part in 3 coached games each session.

To book and for more information contact Maria Alborough, 01603 430570,  or go to

London 2012 Local Leaders Programme
The Local Leader programme is an opportunity for people in communities across the UK to celebrate the Games in their local areas. A Local Leader is someone that gets stuff done. They organise, they pull people together. They have a passion for the Games and want to celebrate. Local Leaders will get friends, family and neighbours ready to celebrate. From Gardening for the Games to planning a Sports Quiz or an Opening Night In. When they sign up they will get hints and tips to help them plan their celebrations, plus get access to exclusive toolkits closer to the Games. We want the whole of the UK to get involved and celebrate the Games together. It is the Local Leaders who will make this happen.  For more information and to sign up go to

Sport  Makers
The National Lottery funded Sport Makers programme is recruiting thousands of new sport volunteers aged 16 years and over to organise and lead community sporting activities across the county.  Sport Makers are the people who directly make sport happen at the local level.  Some Sports Makers will organise sport for themselves and their friends, colleagues and neighbours.  Others won’t be taking part themselves, but will be doing all those other things that make the sporting activity possible.

Becoming a Sport Maker is easy.  Sign up for a workshop where you will learn about the benefits of being a Sport Maker and how to get involved locally.  As well getting support and advice and finding out about local opportunities you will get your free Adidas  kit.  You will be asked to do 10 hours of activity over the forthcoming months.  When you complete your 10 hours of Sport Maker activity you will have the chance to win some great prizes.

Local courses are being held at Broadland Council Offices, Thorpe St Andrew, NR7 0DU on 19th January 18:30 – 20:30 and Aylsham Lodge Hotel, NR11 6JH on 31st January 18:30 – 20:30.  To sign up and for more information go to

Has your village got what it takes?
The Village Games are coming back in 2012, so why not get your village involved?  With 88 Villages competing across 6 district finals in 2011, Active Norfolk are looking for more Villages to get involved in Norfolk’s own version of the Olympic Games. The Norfolk Village Games 2012.

People of all ages are invited to take part. Villages will be offered taster sessions in a variety of sports at their own Sports Roadshow.  These Roadshows will take place across the county throughout the year in the build up to the District level games including the Broadland District Final on 24th June at Aylsham Sports Centre.  The prestigious Norfolk Village Games County Final will take place on Sunday 15th July at the UEA Sportspark in Norwich.

Active Norfolk and Broadland District Council are looking to Sports clubs, parish councils and community groups to work together to provide representation from their area, and battle it out against other Villages from across Norfolk.  To find out more, or to register your village’s interest, visit or contact Aaron Roberts on 07901 588270 or

Tots 2 Teens
Broadland District Council's Tots 2 Teens run holiday activities for children aged five years upwards during all school holidays throughout the Broadland District for children who live or go to school in Broadland. Families can register free of charge to receive all our holiday information, but are required to complete and sign a parent consent form.   A variety of activities are organised including ranging from Digital Photography to Cookery, Multi-sports to Art and Craft days.  To register, enquire or book please call 01603 430538 or 430552 or visit

Pledge today, be inspired forever!  Be part of Norfolk’s support of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
A major initiative will be flying the flag for Norfolk people to get active and healthy inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympics Games. Pledge 2012 which launched at the start of November was created by Active Norfolk in association with Norfolk County Council, NHS Norfolk with support from media partners the Eastern Daily Press and BBC Radio Norfolk.
By visiting, Norfolk residents can make a personal pledge to become more active and healthier in the lead up to the 2012 Games. Pledges can be anything you like as long as it is sport or health related, presents a challenge but is also achievable as well. It maybe that you pledge to take up a new sport, carry out more activities as a family, participate in a charity run or become a coach for young people in Norfolk.
Further motivation is that everyone who makes a pledge will be emailed their own unique numbered Pledge block.  The blocks will feature the photos and videos you upload with your pledges and your face will become part of Norfolk’s giant 2012 Flag. This will be unveiled in June, revealing an inspirational message of support for the Olympics.
Please visit for more information and to make your personal pledge today!

Norfolk Dodgeball Academy
Norfolk Dodgeball Academy (NDA) is Norfolk’s first leading sports academy dedicated to the upcoming sport Dodgeball. At NDA, we aim to give participants the opportunity to develop first class skills in the country’s fastest growing sport. Dodgeball is a thrilling and fast sport which maintains a healthy lifestyle, and is a recommend sport of The British Heart Foundation. Not only is it a benefit physically, it is excellent from a social perspective. Different age groups are to be developed based on demand, and a county squad is set to be developed depending on the successful growth of the sport in other counties. 
The academy is due to launch at the start of March and is aiming to run within the Norwich area.  For further information please contact: 

Broadland Sports Directory
The new Broadland Sports Directory is being launched in February.  The online resource will signpost people to clubs and facilities.  If you have not yet submitted your club or facilities entry for the directory email or call Matt on 01603 430552 to be sent a form. 

On your marks for Norfolk’s School Games.
Every school in Norfolk is being encouraged to be part of the School Games which will take place on the 18th and 19th of June.
The School Games are a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive sport. Sport England is investing up to £35.5 million of National Lottery funding in the School Games up to 2015.
Designed across four levels, for both primary and secondary pupils, the School Games offer a fantastic opportunity for all young people to compete in intra-school, inter-school and regional competitions.  Top athletes could go on to compete at a major national multi-sport event, hosted in 2012 at the Olympic Park in London. The School Games are fully inclusive, with a focus on encouraging participation in competitive sport across the spectrum of abilities and experience.
The Norfolk School Games will hopefully see 1960 young people competing in 19 sports and we are looking to engage every school in Norfolk. Schools can sign up to  
As an added incentive, schools can use their participation in the School Games to help qualify for London 2012 Ticketshare tickets. 100,000 tickets are available for schools through the London 2012 Get Set Network.
Laurie Hull, Director of Active Norfolk said: “The School Games will be a real sporting legacy for young people of Norfolk from London's 2012 games. The competition will use the inspiration of 2012 to transform competitive sport in schools and get more young people playing sport, long after next summer. We would like Norfolk to get as many Schools as possible to be involved and are urging schools to register so as not to miss out on this great sporting opportunity.”

Louise Gear, Head of Development at the Youth Sport Trust said: “Competitive sport can play such a crucial role in the development of young people.  It teaches them a range of life skills - from confidence and self esteem to respect and friendship - all of which will support them as they continue to progress through school and on to future careers.  I hope those who will be competing in Norwich achieve their very best and enjoy being part of such a great event.”

For more information about any of the items above please contact Maria Alborough, Sports Development Officer, or 01603 430570

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