The South West Youth Games has formed a new board of trustees to help oversee and plan for the future direction of the multi-sport event.
Chaired by former BBC Devon presenter John Coates, the board also includes Herald Express editor Jim Parker, former Team GB media manager Chris Broadbent, former University lecture Ian Roberts, Director of Sport & Assistant Principle of South Dartmoor Community College Steve Dinnie, Business Manager Paul Haigney, Rotarian Peter Bennett and Solicitor Marinella Hollies. Bringing an array of skills expertise and knowledge to the table, the board are striving forward with the organization of the Devon South West Youth Games 2016.
The Games were launched in 2000 have been a huge catalyst for inspiring sports participation and volunteering for thousands of young Devonians. The Games lost central Government funding and it was feared the 2014 Games would be the last ever.
But Teignbridge and Torbay Councils resolved to save the Games and with the support of Rotary, the 2015 event at Clennon Valley was a huge success. With the continued backing of Rotary into 2016 and a new board to steer the Games, the future is looking brighter than ever for the
Jon Coates said: “Sport has the power to change lives. That’s just as true for events like the Devon South West Youth Games as it is for the Olympic or Paralympic Games. We are thrilled with the way the board of real talents has been drawn together and with the superb backing of Rotary and an exciting venue, we are sure that this will be a really momentous year for the Games.”