Family owned Cavanna Homes has become an official partner of the South West Rotary Youth Games, pledging £2,000 to the scheme which has inspired countless children to play sport, get active and keep fit.
Now in its 20th year, the event, dubbed the Westcountry’s “Youth Olympics and Paralympics”, has given thousands of children the opportunity to get involved in a range of sports from netball and badminton to skateboarding and skipping, in a fun and friendly environment.
The event, which is run by the South West Youth Games Trust, started out life as the Devon Youth Games and was a one-day celebration of youth sport. In 2016, the event expanded to include Cornwall participants becoming the South West Rotary Youth Games and now includes five events involving teams from 11 areas, culminating with the finals which this year are taking place at venues across Dawlish on July 7th.
Torquay based Cavanna Homes is the largest independent home builder in the South West and was keen to become a sponsor of the games as part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to supporting community causes.
Sales Manager Karen Heywood-Cann, said: “When we were approached by the Trust we were keen to pledge our support for what is an incredibly worthwhile initiative. Cavanna already works with a number of schools to inspire the next generation about the opportunities the construction industry can offer them, and we are keen to extend our support to other worthwhile family-friendly and community orientated causes whenever we can.”
Trust Chief Executive Chris Broadbent, added: “An event of this scale is a challenge financially and our generous sponsors help cover the costs of staging the games for example event hire and sporting kit and equipment.
“Our vision is to create a happier, healthier South West by engaging more young people from Devon and Cornwall with community sport and regular physical activity. We do this by delivering innovative, accessible and inspirational sport and physical activity experiences, targeting young people who are not engaged in regular physical activity.
“Without sponsors like Cavanna Homes, we simply wouldn’t be able to put the games on.”