Sporting Centre Of Excellence Photo

Date published: 3rd October 2016

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: “Taking part in sport is so important – and this is an inspirational project. I would like to thank everyone at the council especially Cllr Judy Oliver and Cllr Becky Palmer for helping to bring this scheme forward. As a council we are committed to improving the health and wellbeing in our area and we will do all we can to support the talented sporting stars of the future.”

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 for children aged 11-14 years. The district council is providing £20,000 in funding and supporting the project through the council’s sports and leisure team.

Last updated: 7th November 2016