Everyone knows Littleport loves its football – as well as all kinds of sporting activities, from the youngest to the oldest, the most naturally adept to the bumbliest.

Its leisure centre offers a gymnasium and programme that any big city facility would be proud of, and a host of good coaches at every level and in many disciplines.

It sees 3,000 enthusiastic users a month passing through its reception area.

In fact, when Lucy Frazer, prospective Conservative Party candidate for the new constituency of Ely and East Cambridgeshire wherein the centre falls, made a surprise visit, shown round by some Littleport Town Councillors, she was extremely impressed.

Not least surprised were participants in Sophie Taffara’s yoga class with whom Lucy chatted.

Nathan Mitchell is the driving force behind the thriving Football Fun Factory that takes youngsters from very little to 12-year-olds.

And he is very involved with the Littleport Rangers Football Club and its many teams in all the different age groups.

The Fun Factory and the Rangers have their home at the Leisure Centre. For more information call in to reception or ring 01353 373800.

One of the hard-working management team headed by Clare Pendle is Adam Gayfer, and he is with the other football club, Littleport Town FC.

And, of course, when football matches are screened by Littleport’s convivial pubs – The Swan at Sandhill, The Plough and Harrow up Ely Road, The Crown inn in Main Street and the Littleport Ex-Servicemen’s Club, they are always well-supported.

But you can relax as well in those same places – and over this weekend the Crown Inn has Vicky on Saturday night and the Step Back Duo Sunday 3-6pm.

The Ex-Servicemen’s Club team plays in the darts league Friday night – get there for 8pm to watch.

Saturday morning, as well as the 'fun skate' for youngsters, Littleport parkrun also based at the Leisure Centre, has a reputation for being amongst the friendliest in the country – and it also counts the Vicar of St George’s Parish Church, Rev Natalie Andrews, as a regular.