Devon's Own Olympics Launched
As the countdown to Rio 2016 gathers momentum, Devon’s own answer to the Olympic and Paralympic Games is settling into its starting blocks in a stronger position than ever before with a sponsorship extension, new venue and new board of trustees.
The Devon South West Youth Games will take place at Okehampton’s picturesque Simmons Park on Sunday 3 July with around 2,000 young Devonians from across the county expected to compete in 15 sports.
It will be the 17th Year of the South West Youth Games which offers a unique and inspirational multi-sport experience for able bodied and disabled 8-18 year olds to represent their district.
It was confirmed at the inaugural gathering of the newly-formed South West Youth Games Trust that - for the second successive year - the South West network of Rotary clubs (Rotary in the South West Peninsula) are backing the event as headline sponsors.
To cement the future of the Games, the South West Youth Games Trust has been formed with a crack team of local business and sporting expertise to lead the strategic development. Headed by former BBC Devon presenter John Coates as Chairman, the trustees also include Herald Express Editor Jim Parker, former Marjons Senior Lecturer Ian Roberts, successful entrepreneur Paul Haigney, Woollen Michelmore Solicitor Marinella Hollies, South Dartmoor College Director of Sport Steve Dinnie, former Team GB Media Manager Chris Broadbent, Brendan Prince of Geopark Adventures, Torbay Council’s Kirsty Parker-Callard and Teignbridge Council’s Nikki Taylor.
Rotary in the South West Peninsula represents more than 90 clubs across the region and 2,500 members working to achieve the core aims of the fellowship which is to change and improve lives, support communities nationally and internationally and work for peace.
District Governor Brian Stoyel of Rotary in the South West said: “We are thrilled to be supporting the Devon South West Youth Games for the second successive year. Sport is such as powerful catalyst for good in the community and in the lives of young people. We are proud to be associated with an event that touches the lives of thousands of young competitors and volunteers, providing a life-changing experience for many.”
Devon South West Youth Games, previously Devon Games To Inspire, brings young people together in a unique multi-sport day of sporting action for ages 8 -18yrs, with a number of young sports leaders, clubs, national governing bodies and volunteers running the events.
Participants gain selection by attending trials in the lead-up going for trials in their chosen sport and if they are selected, compete as part of a team from their local authority area.
The teams compete for the overall Devon South West Youth Games title – won last year by Teignbridge - and a fair play trophy. Those taking part will get free transport, a free t-shirt, the chance to win medals as the best in Devon and most importantly, an incredible, inspirational sporting experience.
To encourage children and young people of all different abilities to try out local schools, clubs and coaches are giving out ‘you’ve been spotted’ cards to potential participants.
The opportunity exists for more local businesses to be part of the 2016 Devon South West Youth Games. For as little as £750.00, businesses can be part of the county’s biggest youth sports event and play their part in grassroots development in Olympic year.
Photo attached of South West Youth Games Trustees.
From left to right back row: Paul Haigney, Chris Broadbent, Jim Parker, Steve Dinnie, Ian Roberts, Aaron Larner, Ben Hugill, Brendon Prince.
From left to right front row: Nikki Taylor, Marinella Hollies, John Coates (Chairman), Peter Bennett, Kirsty Parker-Calland.