Association promotes sport for all in the Hethersett area

Athletics’ coach and Olympic distance runner Paul Evans and 38 others took part in the first of six

Athletics’ coach and Olympic distance runner Paul Evans and 38 others took part in the first of six sessions organised jointly by Active Norfolk and Hethersett and the Meltons’ Sports Association. Picture: Peter Steward - Credit: Archant

Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association held its annual meeting at Park Farm Hotel.

Members predicted a bright future for the group which was also celebrating its seventh birthday — being founded in February 2011 in the lead-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Originally the association worked in tandem with the Hethersett Olympic Committee and the subsequent Hethersett Olympic Legacy Committee.

Since then it has gone from strength to strength, bringing sports clubs and groups together and concentrating on fitness, health and well-being.

The meeting elected the following officers for the coming year; chairman, Peter Steward; vice-chairman, Peter Hoult; secretary, Sharon Lister; treasurer, Shane Hull.

Members heard that this year's round the square two mile fun-run will be held on Sunday, July 8 starting at 11am from outside Hethersett Junior School. It will be the ninth running of the event and it promises to be the biggest and most successful to date,

Shane Hull reported on an association bank balance of £724 which is available for groups working in the fields of sport, fitness, health and wellbeing.

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'The primary function of the sports association is to encourage sporting activities and fitness and to act as a vehicle for awarding small grants,' said the treasurer.

Hethersett is rightly heralded for its contribution to the fitness, health and wellbeing of its residents with sporting organisations and clubs catering for all ages and abilities and featuring may diverse sports and past-times from croquet and petanque to football and rugby.

One of the biggest gaps, however, is the lack of a tennis club. With facilities now available at Hethersett Academy, Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association is looking for volunteers to run a club and also for people interested in playing on a regular basis.

'Over the past few years a number of people have asked about the possibility of having a social tennis club in the village, but we really need somebody to come forward to help organise it. Grants are available to provide equipment,' said Peter Steward, chairman of Hethersett and the Meltons' Sports Association.

Anyone interested should e-mail the chairman at