Bradwell sports venue set for approval

THE spirit of the London 2012 Olympics will be coming early to Norfolk as plans to build a �153,000 sports venue gather pace.Bradwell, near Yarmouth, is set to be the first community in the region to have an adiZone multi-sports area to encourage more youngsters to emulate gold medal athletes such as Denise Lewis and Daley Thompson.

THE spirit of the London 2012 Olympics will be coming early to Norfolk as plans to build a �153,000 sports venue gather pace.

Bradwell, near Yarmouth, is set to be the first community in the region to have an adiZone multi-sports area to encourage more youngsters to emulate gold medal athletes such as Denise Lewis and Daley Thompson.

Funding for the zone, which will be designed in the shape of the 2012 Olympic logo, has been set aside and should be built when Yarmouth Borough Council approves the sports facility scheme tomorrow night.

The adiZone at the Mill Lane recreation ground will be free to use and will have basket, football and tennis areas, a climbing wall, an outdoor gym and an open area for dance, aerobics and gymnastics.


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AdiZones were initially rolled out in the four London boroughs which will be hosting the 2012 games - Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Newham and Waltham Forest.

The play areas are being built as part of a �100m sponsorship deal between Adidas and the London Olympics.

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Adidas is providing half of the �153,000 needed for the Bradwell Adizone and Yarmouth Borough Council's cabinet looks set to ratify most of the rest of the money needed tomorrow. A small amount of funding will come from NHS Yarmouth and Waveney.

It will measure 625sq m, use recycled rubber for its surface and will be decorated with stencilled artwork featuring star athletes and musicians, such as Christine Ohuruogo.

In promotional literature Adidas describe the zones as: “Iconic symbols of the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic games. They embody the games ethos - family focused, inclusive, sustainable and for everyone.”

The borough council says the adiZone will help the authority children's play strategy and Healthy Living and Every Child Matters obligations.

Marie Hartley, the council's culture, sports and leisure manager, said: “We are pleased to be working with Adidas on this exciting

project.

“It is an interesting project and hopefully will invigorate a lot more people to take up sports and activities.”

After the cabinet approves the adiZone scheme it will have to be approved by the council's development control committee before it can be built.

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