We’re sponsoring the Active Norfolk Awards ‘Community Club of the Year 2019’

The Active Norfolk Awards is a night to celebrate and reward the physical activity achievements and sporting excellence of our county.

 This year, we are thrilled to announce that this year we will be sponsoring the ‘Community Club of the Year’ category.

This category will celebrate and recognise a club that has increased participation in the activity, has made a big difference to a community, or made great progress during the year and we are honoured to be amongst some wonderful sponsors, including: UEA Sportspark, Easton & Otley College, BBC Radio Norfolk, City College

Now in its 13th year, the Active Norfolk Awards (formerly the Norfolk Sports Awards), will be a night to recognise and honour those people and organisations that are helping the people of Norfolk to achieve their best, improve their health and well-being through physical activity, and those who are achieving incredible things in sport.

The awards night will be hosted at OPEN Norwich on Thursday 21st November, and with over 400 expected nominations will be a night of diverse, inspirational and heart warming stories.

We want to make sure that as many of our wonderful community clubs have the opportunity to be nominated: please make sure you nominate by the 6th October 2019 HERE.


Winterton playing field on it's way to new changing rooms

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The changing rooms at Winterton Playing Field are not fit for purpose and don’t meet current sports club standards. We’ve supported the Parish Council by providing a £500 grant to help kick start the Playing Field Development Project. The money is for architectural preliminary drawings and detailed plans for a new building which will be used as changing facilities, refreshments and storage.

The plans will help:

  • the village see what’s intended

  • assist in further fundraising activity

  • and will help get planning permission. 

These new facilities will help the playing field get used a lot more. The Cricket Club there is already catering for adults and young people, with womens, girls, mens and boys teams. A Croquet Club is developing and regular events such as Dune Runners, walking groups and local schools use the field. We’re really happy to support Winterton - if you can help their fundraising efforts too, they would appreciate that!

Success Stories for Local Groups

Left to right: Ben Flaxman from Shrublands JFC, Andrew Grant and Graham Plant, board members of Great Yarmouth Sport and Leisure Trust, and Alan Pearce Chairman of Caister Football Club. Photograph by    David Woodcock   . - Missing is a representative from Revolutionary Roots.

Left to right: Ben Flaxman from Shrublands JFC, Andrew Grant and Graham Plant, board members of Great Yarmouth Sport and Leisure Trust, and Alan Pearce Chairman of Caister Football Club. Photograph by David Woodcock. - Missing is a representative from Revolutionary Roots.

We’re really pleased that funds totalling £1500.00 have been awarded to three local groups this Autumn by the Great Yarmouth Sport and Leisure Trust. The Trust would like everyone in the borough of Great Yarmouth, regardless of age, background, or level of ability to be involved in sport and physical activity. 

This grass roots funding is for groups and individuals who help support some of the least active people in the borough, as well as maintaining facilities for those already active.

The three groups are:

Caister FC

Caister Football Club has received an extra boost to its attempts to improve their playing field which is in poor repair as it is not maintained well enough, with a £500 award. 

A spokesperson from the club said: “This grant will allow the football pitches to be used by more teams and help the club to continue growing in size, allowing people across all ages, genders and ability the opportunity to participate in grass roots football nearer to home (adult sides are currently paying to train elsewhere). It will also help other groups who use the field (cricket club, scouts and the general public), as well as giving new teams access.“

Shrublands JFC

Shrubland JFC are a Gorleston youth football club with 200+ members including one of a few girls teams in the area. They attract age groups of 3-16 and are very much a community club. Facing broken or ageing equipment and kits, they reached out and applied for funds towards new sports equipment including goals, cones, bibs, and balls, new kit, and trophies for younger members of the club. Kirk Towers from the club said, “Fantastic investment into our club means we can replace old kit with new, we can’t thank you enough”.

Revolutionary Roots

Revolutionary Roots is a Youth and Community Group working on various projects across the borough of Great Yarmouth. The group applied to the Trust for funds towards sports equipment which will aid holistically against substance abuse, anti-social behaviour and criminal activity. 

Heidi Garwood says “This grant will give our service users and young people in the community the opportunity to be involved with sport and physical activity as a constructive activity. This will also have a positive effect on the wider community with less boredom and anti-social behaviour, and instead empowerment towards personal development.”

As a registered charity, our purpose is to benefit the public in the borough of Great Yarmouth.  Maybe you’re a club or an individual that needs new equipment. Perhaps you’re a coach or a teacher wanting to start a group and you need kit, or marketing costs supported. We’re also very keen to help groups who are historically not participating in sport to get involved. Please see our online criteria form to check eligibility. Good luck!