Gallery: Towns and villages awarded gold medals as Suffolk County Council hands out awards in Most Active County bid
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Towns and villages have been awarded prestigious titles as part of Suffolk County Council’s bid to be become the most active county in England.
In the months leading up to the London 2012 Games council chiefs revealed plans to create a lasting sporting and physical activity legacy by launching the far-reaching Most Active County initiative.
Under the scheme 16,700 people would lead more active and healthier lifestyles, poor health and illnesses would be tackled and Suffolk’s economy would receive a boost through major sporting events and fewer sickness absences.
Future sport participation figures will determine whether it has been success – but today a number of towns and villages have been lauded for their efforts in driving the county up the fitness leaderboard.
Mayor of Sudbury Adrian Osborne praised a wonderful community spirit after the market town was named Suffolk’s Most Active Town for 2013 – the first year of such awards.
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Mr Osborne said: “The contribution made by the endless number of community organisations with their supporters and volunteers plays a significant part in keeping our town vibrant and making it an outstanding place to live, work, play and visit.”
Simon Hooton, councillor for runners-up Eye, said from “dancing to allotments, from yoga to football”, the town offered many sporting and fitness activities.
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Meanwhile, Elmswell was named Suffolk’s Most Active Large Village.
Ann Richards, parish councillor, said a variety of sporting activities for youngsters and over-55s allowed the community to “come together to learn, exercise and enjoy life”.
Glemsford was runners-up. Anne Mallalieu, vice chair of Glemsford parish council, said the award proved that despite not having a large sports club the village offered plenty of sporting challenges.
Councillor Matthew Hicks said he was “delighted” Worlingworth won the award for Suffolk’s Most Active Small Village 2013. He thanked volunteers for running sports clubs.
Freckenham took second. Mark Russell, vice chairman and trustee at Freckenham Village Hall Committee, said the title would boost the community’s aspirations.