Visitors get active at the Suffolk Show sports village

Families enjoyed the Sports Village at the Suffolk Show 2017.
Harry Turner having a go at boxing.

Families enjoyed the Sports Village at the Suffolk Show 2017. Harry Turner having a go at boxing. Picture :SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The scorching sunshine hasn’t deterred visitors to the Suffolk Show from jumping, running, kicking and throwing their way around the sports village.

From netball and football, to fencing and dirt bike racing, there is something for everyone at the stalls run by professionals from various fitness clubs and organisations.

Ipswich Town has brought along its ‘skill arena’, which is used by the club’s first team and academy footballers in training.

The aim is to kick a ball at the green and yellow lights when they show to gain points; a hit of the red lights means points are deducted.

Seven-year-old Jack Coombs, who is a keen Arsenal and Ipswich Town fan, was excited to have a go this morning.

Families enjoyed the Sports Village at the Suffolk Show 2017.
Harry Turner having a go at boxing.

Families enjoyed the Sports Village at the Suffolk Show 2017. Harry Turner having a go at boxing. Picture :SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant


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His mum Kim Coombs said: “He’s into his football. We come here every year, he loves this sports bit.”

Richard Boreham, who works for the Ipswich Town academy, said around 600 people visited their tent yesterday to try out the equipment.

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Even Bluey the Town mascot has made an appearance.

Richard added: “The whole sports village is brilliant - all the children trying different sports and taster sessions.

Families enjoyed the Sports Village at the Suffolk Show 2017.
Harry Turner having a go at boxing.

Families enjoyed the Sports Village at the Suffolk Show 2017. Harry Turner having a go at boxing. Picture :SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

“For us, hopefully, it promotes the club and what we do for the community and gives them a chance to try something different.

“This is expensive equipment and it’s the first time it’s been used by the public. It’s a chance for the public to try something that the professionals do.”

Suffolk Netball is also represented at the sports village.

Today it is promoting walking netball, which is a “tamer” version of the sport aimed at people over the age of 50.

Families enjoyed the Sports Village at the Suffolk Show 2017.
Harry Turner having a go at boxing.

Families enjoyed the Sports Village at the Suffolk Show 2017. Harry Turner having a go at boxing. Picture :SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Tracey Butcher, from the Suffolk Netball volunteering group, said: “It’s bringing ladies back to netball who haven’t played for a long time. It is also good for those who have injuries.”

The organisation has also used the show to raise awareness of the different netball clubs which are up and running in Suffolk.

Tracey added: “A lot of kids play at school then don’t know where to go, so it’s nice being here.”

Premier Education is hosting dodgeball and fencing sessions.

Families enjoyed the Sports Village at the Suffolk Show 2017.
Harry Turner having a go at boxing.

Families enjoyed the Sports Village at the Suffolk Show 2017. Harry Turner having a go at boxing. Picture :SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Area manager Andy Leeson said: “At the end of the day it gets them active, which is what we like to do through sport.”

Grange Fitness and Performance, based in Martlesham, is getting visitors to try cross fit and boxing.

Coach Shaun Buckham said: “We show everyone in the community how fitness can help mental and physical health as well as building friendships.”

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