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Date published: 16th August 2016

Two top young dodgeball players have been given the chance to further improve their chances on the world stage thanks to support from North Norfolk District Council and the council’s leisure operator Places for People.

Lauren Hems and Holly Edmonds are part of the England Lions Ladies dodgeball team about to travel to the European Championships in Paris which take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. They have previously represented their country in April at the World Cup.

The duo, who both live in Briston and learnt the game during their time at Reepham High School and College, are completing a strength and conditioning regime as part of the England Lions development programme.

The women went through a physical assessment day and were given a rigorous exercise programme by England Dodgeball. The programme requires regular access to a fully equipped fitness facility.

North Norfolk District Council staff offered support and in collaboration with leisure operator Places for People have arranged for free gym passes for both players at Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre.

Cllr Becky Palmer Cabinet Member for Leisure said: “We are delighted to be able to provide support to two young ambitious international players who are in the process of building their sporting careers.

“Dodgeball is a fast paced, highly physical sport which requires specialist conditioning. And we wish Lauren and Holly good luck at the European Championships in the next few days.”

Holly Edmonds said: “This support is helping us achieve our dreams. Being able to challenge our bodies means we can take dodgeball to the next level; by getting stronger we can be the best we possibly can be.”

Stephen Mews, General Manager Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre, Sheringham said: “It’s fantastic we can support two local athletes. It is often difficult to get funding in sports and we are happy to support any local sporting talent.”

England manager Johnathan Rudland said: “It is vital for our players to have access to the best facilities to complete their strength and conditioning programme and it's fantastic that North Norfolk District Council and People for Places have been able to support some of our team in such a way.

“Both Lauren and Holly have the potential to be a part of the England squad for many years ahead and this kind of support will help them progress as young athletes.”

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Last updated: 26th September 2016