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For the first time ever, thousands of Cornish youngsters are being given the opportunity to take part in an Olympic style sports event with their cross border Devon rivals this summer.

Formerly known as the Devon Youth Games, the newly-expanded South West Youth Games has extended an invitation across the Tamar to their Cornish cousins to take part in the region’s biggest annual multi-sport youth event. Around 2,000 youngsters are expected to take part in the 2017 South West Youth Games finals at Okehampton on Sunday 9 July with up to ten times as many taking part in local trials and training events in the lead up.

Nine Devon district teams will line up alongside a unified Cornwall team to compete in over 20 sports including able-bodied and disability disciplines for male and female competitors ranging from school year 3 to year 14.

South West Youth Games Chairman John Coates said: “The rise of childhood obesity is a growing concern across the UK, we are no different in the South West.

“But since launching in 2000, the Devon Youth Games has been a beacon of hope against the fight against inactivity. It has been the catalyst for thousands of young people to reap the benefits of physical activity and exercise through competitive sport.

“It is also the type of environment which not only incentivises young people to join clubs and take part in regular sporting activity, but inspires them to continue for the long-term. It is also a place where life-long friendships are made between team-mates and fellow competitors who share in the enjoyment of sport.

“This year is a landmark year and we are thrilled to be extending our hands of friendship across Cornwall and we hope they too will grab the baton and reap the rewards of young people being fully engaged with sport and physical activity.

Organisers are now seeking expressions of interest from clubs, schools and volunteers to represent Cornwall at the inaugural South West Youth Games to Visit to find out more.





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Cornwall Teams Contact: Jack Downey

Contact number: 01626 215618

Contact email:

 If you are interested in taking part in any of the sports that are available and you live or go to school in Cornwall then contact Jack to find out more information.

Remember to check back regularly as trials for the 2017 South West Youth Games will be posted here soon.

We are seeking expressions of interest from clubs, schools and volunteers for Cornwall to enter teams into the first ever South West Youth Games. There are over 20 sports to choose from and we need your help in identifying participants to take part in this large Olympic style event for Devon and Cornwall.

Further details about the South West Youth Games are available via email Please click here to express your interest in becoming a Team Manager for Cornwall  -





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