Date published: 30th August 2016

A Sporting Centre for Excellence for pupils across the district is being established by North Norfolk District Council working with Gresham’s School in Holt.

The proposal, being considered by NNDC’s Cabinet at its meeting on Monday 5 September, is to establish specialist sports coaching sessions for talented North Norfolk school children aged 11 – 14 years.

The aim of the project is to recruit young people with the potential to excel in a sport and give them an excellent coaching experience and the opportunity to achieve their sporting dreams.

For the first year the focus will be on supporting coaching for talented pupils in cricket, hockey, netball and running. Cabinet is being asked to approve a budget of £20,000 to support the scheme.

Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of NNDC said: “This Council is committed to improving the health and wellbeing in the area; it’s one of our priorities. We want to do all we can to support the talented sporting stars of the future to help them realise their potential and emulate the success of our Team GB medal winners this summer.

“We may have the next Laura Trott or Max Whitlock and this programme is all about ensuring we do our best to encourage young people from across North Norfolk to fulfil their sporting potential.”

Under the programme, coaching sessions will be run from October during school term time taking advantage of the excellent facilities at Gresham’s School in Holt.

Cllr Becky Palmer, NNDC Cabinet Member for Leisure said: “We really want to encourage young people to make the most of their sporting talents and ensure North Norfolk is helping to build Team GB for future Olympiads.

“This programme is about encouraging children across North Norfolk to reach their potential through sport. We know we have people with sporting talent and we want to do all we can to support our young people to realise their dreams.”

Pupils have been invited to take part in the selection day for the four sports through their schools and the aim is to recruit up to 16 young people per sport and provide 24 weeks of coaching each year.

Headmaster of Gresham’s School Douglas Robb said: “This is an excellent project and we are very pleased to be part of it.”

If you would like to take part in the selection trials for the coaching sessions please contact Wyn Nurse on 01263 516305.

Last updated: 8th October 2018