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Date published: 16th August 2017

Parents of children preparing to start secondary school are being encouraged to put forward nominations for a sporting excellence programme in North Norfolk.

Last year’s inaugural Sporting Centre of Excellence scheme proved to be a great success, and North Norfolk District Council is funding the project once again this September.

The aim is to recruit young people who have the potential to excel in a sport and give them an excellent coaching experience and the opportunity to achieve their sporting dreams. This year’s scheme will start at the beginning of the forthcoming academic year, with a focus on attracting Year 6 pupils starting high school.

The pilot in 2016 saw more than 70 youngsters, aged 11 to 14, attend 24 weeks of coaching at Gresham’s School, Holt. They were given specialist coaching across four sports - hockey, netball, cricket and running.

The success of the programme resulted in nine athletes being selected to represent Norfolk in cross-country; a haul of medals at the Norfolk Track and Field Championships; three cricketers picked for county squad training sessions; and hockey and netball players invited to join top clubs. All the district’s secondary schools were represented and, perhaps most importantly, all the children who took part in the scheme showed improvement.

Cllr Maggie Prior, North Norfolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Sport & Leisure, said: “Last year was a great success, both individually and collectively. The experts at Sport England said it was innovative and demonstrated good practice, and that sort of praise from the experts shows just what a great initiative it is.”

Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of NNDC, said: “The Sporting Centre of Excellence scheme has highlighted the need to deliver high-quality sports coaching to the young people of North Norfolk, and we hope as many parents as possible will nominate their children to benefit from this fantastic opportunity in 2017.”

To nominate your child to take part in the selection trials, please contact Wyn Nurse on 01263 516035 or at


Last updated: 16th August 2017