Cornish Teams Set for Games Debuts
With less than three months to go until the Devon South West Youth Games, the South West’s biggest annual youth sports event is set to welcome teams from Cornwall for the first time.
The addition of ten team entries from Cornwall to this year’s Games is a stepping stone towards the event developing into the South West Peninsula Youth Games for 2017. Cornwall School Games Organisers have confirmed they will be sending teams to participate in the 17th Annual Games being held at Okehampton’s Simmons Park on Sunday 3 July.
Around 2,000 young people aged 8-18 are expected to compete in 12 sports for able bodied and disabled consisting of badminton, boccia, football, indoor athletics, gymnastics, hockey, kwik cricket, netball, tag rugby, street sports, tennis and triathlon.
Sponsored by Rotary International in the South West Peninsula, the Games provide an Olympic and Paralympic-type experience for thousands of youngsters on the day itself and in the lead up, as thousands more battle to earn selection for their district team in the weeks and months beforehand.
South West Youth Games Trust Chairman John Coates has welcomed the addition of Cornish teams to the event. “Devon and Cornwall have a long history of friendly rivalry and the addition of our friends from across the River Tamar will add an extra dynamic to what will already be the biggest Devon South West Youth Games in history.” He said.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for youngsters from right across the peninsula to come together and really enjoy some healthy competition to both inspire and motivate.
“We don’t expect either county to resolve the age-old debate over how to prepare a cream tea, but we still expect some really keenly fought sporting contests.”
District Governor Brian Stoyel of Rotary in the South West Peninsula said: “We are delighted to welcome teams from Cornwall to the event for the first time ever. This is a fantastic development for the Devon South West Youth Games and puts the event in an even stronger position for the future. We are proud to be associated with an event that has community values at its core.
“We look forward to an incredible day this July and beyond with further involvement of young people from right across the South West Peninsula in future years.”
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.”
Rotary in the South West Peninsula represents 88 clubs across the two counties with 2,500 members from across all spheres of life, male and female, working to achieve the core values of Rotary: to change and improve lives, support communities nationally and internationally and work for peace. Across Devon and Cornwall young Rotary is becoming increasingly popular in schools: Rotakids in junior schools and Interact in secondary schools.
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 and events in their chosen sport and if 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.
Rotary International in the SW Peninsula: