Picture Gallery: Hemsby pupils prove to be such good sports

FOOTBALL with a chance of archery and scattered parachute games was the fitness forecast for Hemsby last week – matched by an equally mixed weather picture.

Hemsby Primary School held its annual sports festival last week on a day that summer decided to do a few tumbles and spins of its own – throwing in a bit of everything for all seasons, including the odd rumble of thunder.

But despite the darkening sky it was sunny smiles all round – especially on the face of Norwich City legend, mid-fielder Jeremy Goss, who inspired the children with his success.

Assistant head-teacher Ryan Freeman said it was the school’s third festival and that a good time was had by all.

The event was officially opened by Mr Goss at 3pm last Wednesday.

Before doing the honours, he gave a career talk to the children from Key Stage 2, speaking about his time as a professional footballer and discussing the qualities needed for success in sport.

The children had lots of questions answered as well.

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Having dodged the showers for most of the day Ryan Eastop’s moment of glory – being presented with the School Sports Person of the Year award by Mr Goss – was accompanied by an ill-timed downpour, which failed to dampen spirits. Player of the season awards were also presented to members of the school football teams.

The children and their families then had the chance to try out a variety of sports activities for free, including martial arts from the Kuk Sool Won School, windsurfing on a simulator, parachute games, tag rubgy, football, archery, cheer-leading, table tennis, mini squash, rowing, and laser tag.

There were also demonstrations from Hemsby Zumba Class and The Hemsby Kettle Bells Club.

Belton Bowmen displayed a variety of archery equipment and there was also a dance show by the school’s dance club.

Jeremy Goss went round the activities and spoke to the parents and children, even having a go at a few of them.

Mr Freeman said: “The event was a great success and even the weather held out for us. We had lovely sunshine from 3.30pm onwards. The activities went on late into the afternoon, the last children didn’t leave until 6.30pm. All of the clubs supplied their activities free of charge and really worked hard to spread the message.

“The event will be repeated next year, and hopefully it will be even bigger and better.”