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Plan to enhance sporting talent in North Norfolk

Just Regional
Oct 7, 2016 3 mins read

Putting the spotlight on sporting talent in North Norfolk, and helping young people realise their sporting potential is the goal of the Sporting Centre of Excellence which has been established by North Norfolk District Council working with Gresham’s School in Holt.

The unique project has brought together talented children with professional coaches to help them maximise their sporting talent to the full.

More than 80 children and their parents took part in the launch organised by North Norfolk District Council at Gresham’s School on Monday 3 October.

Olympic gymnast and Commonwealth Gold Medal Winner Craig Heap, who has represented England more than 100 times, helped to launch the district council project on the night and spoke to the parents and children, encouraging them to believe in their dreams and go for it.

Craig said: “The council deserves praise for this initiative. People should believe in their dreams and not let anything stand in their way; this scheme will really help young people go as far as their talent will take them. It’s a fantastic project.”

Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council said: “It’s about competing and taking part in sport that’s so important – and it is an inspirational project. I would like to thank everyone at the council, Cllr Judy Oliver and Cllr Becky Palmer especially for helping to bring this scheme forward.”

Speaking on the night mum Holly Smith, whose son Henry, aged 11, is taking part in the running coaching sessions said: “Henry was bowled over by Craig and was truly inspired by everything on the night. We truly cannot believe that these opportunities are available to the children in north Norfolk. What you are offering young people in this new scheme has the potential to be life changing.”

The project will provide top-class coaching in netball, hockey, cricket and running over the academic year with sessions held at Gresham’s School in Holt. The district council is providing £20,000 in funding and supporting the project through the council’s sports and leisure team.

NORTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL: SPORTING CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE LAUNCH AT GRESHAMS SCHOOL IN HOLT. OLYMPIAN AND DOUBLE COMMONWEALTH GOLD MEDALLIST CRAIG HEAP WITH NORTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL REPRESENTIVES AND MANY OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE AT THE LAUNCH.

NORTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL: SPORTING CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE LAUNCH AT GRESHAMS SCHOOL IN HOLT.
OLYMPIAN AND DOUBLE COMMONWEALTH GOLD MEDALLIST CRAIG HEAP WITH NORTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL REPRESENTIVES AND MANY OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE AT THE LAUNCH.

NORTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL: SPORTING CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE LAUNCH AT GRESHAMS SCHOOL IN HOLT. A NETBALL SESSION TAKING PLACE IN THE SPORTS HALL.

NORTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL: SPORTING CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE LAUNCH AT GRESHAMS SCHOOL IN HOLT.
A NETBALL SESSION TAKING PLACE IN THE SPORTS HALL.

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