Devon RFU and the South West Rotary Youth have agreed a partnership that will see the organisations working together for 2018. The Games are the largest youth community sports event in the region and are celebrating their 20th edition this year.
The annual multi-sport event was launched as the Devon Youth Games in 1999 and has since expanded across the South West to include teams from Cornwall and every Devon district competing in 20 sports and activities.
Around 10,000 young people aged 8-18, both able-bodied and disabled take part in the journey towards the Games each year. This year, a girls' sevens tournament will take place at the Summer Finals in Dawlish on 7 July to signpost participants towards clubs and foster development of the female game.
John Coates, Chairman, South West Youth Games Trust said: “Devon Rugby have been invaluable supporters and friends of the Games for a number of years and we are delighted to renew that bond.
“Our mission is to create a happier and healthier South West by delivering inspirational and innovative sport and physical activity experiences to young people across the region. We are very grateful for Devon Rugby’s support in helping us make a real difference to the lives of young people.”
Martin Player, Chairman of Devon RFU said: “We are delighted to extend our partnership with the South West Rotary Youth Games. The Games are a tremendous event and are inspiring to youngsters as well as parents, coaches, teachers and volunteers.”
He added: “We are looking forward to seeing the girls’ sevens tournament at Dawlish. Women’s sevens is now an Olympic and Commonwealth Games sport and it is possible some of the youngsters taking part on July 7 could go on to become future internationals, like Devon’s Abbie Brown.
“However, the Games are not just about producing top sport stars; it is about showing that sport can be fun and that there are pathways to continue playing for all abilities.”