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July 2019 3 posts

South West Youth Games | | General Articles, Blogging
Devon County Councillors joined Games participants, volunteers and partners to celebrate the success of the first ever Planet Earth Games. The reception at County Hall, Exeter on 25 July also saw the awarding of the John Coates Cup, named after the charity's former Chair to Exeter Saracens for thebest performing local team at this year's Games. Councillor Carol Whitton is pictured with members of the rugby club....

South West Youth Games | | General Articles, Blogging
The first ever Planet Earth Games got off to a successful launch with over 300 people taking part in a range of activities at Flowerpot Playing Fields, Exeter. On a gloriously sunny day on Saturday 7 July, participants took part in girls' football, girls' rugby, plogging, paddle boarding, canoeing, raft-building, skateboarding, scootering, BMX, group cycling and trail walking.  The Games environmental commitments over no avoidable single use plastic, leaving no trace, using recycled materials and being at the forefront of sustainability in sports were full adhered to, with sackfuls of rubbish collected from wider Exeter by the plogging teams. CEO Chris Broadbent said: "The Planet Earth Games are now a reality, there is a been a lot of hard work gone into this year. But now we have delivered a world-first in sustainable sport. In particular, I would like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who gave so much to ensure the inaugural Games were such a success and did so with a huge smile too."...

South West Youth Games | | General Articles, Blogging
With the Planet Earth Games now less than four days away, we caught up with Lauren Dolan - track cyclist for Great Britain - ahead of the inaugural event...    Who are you and what do you do?   "Hi! Im Lauren Dolan, a 19-year old road and track endurance cyclist, having represented Great Britain in both disciplines".   "After taking a back step in 2018 to recover from 2 major crashes, one being at the world championships in Bergen 2017, I am now back and fighting harder than ever. Ive had some of my best results to date this season, and am looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead for me in representing my country".   Why you support and act as an ambassador to Planet Earth Games?   "It's a great privilege to be named as one of the ambassadors of last years up-cycled ‘'Devon youth games’’. Watching the games last year was incredible. To see so many talented young athletes compete, gracious in both victory and defeat was really special. I want to act as a beacon of direction for the athletes, helping to encourage them to pursue their ambitions, big or small, whether in sport or not. This year, with the additional focus of the environment, and its pertinence in the news, all over the world, I hope that I can spread the centralised aspiration of the Planet Earth Games (to ‘save our environment’) with the intention that it will remain an individual vocation for everyone in years to come".   What are your views on the importance of Planet Earth Games objectives around youth sport and the environment?   "The Planet Earth Games will have a really positive impact on everyone involved, creating a legacy that will have a bearing on people’s actions and outlooks, not just when it comes to sport, but also when considering our surroundings too. With the environment in such a declining state, there has never been a more crucial time to change our behaviours".   Why you are looking forward to the Planet Earth Games on S...

June 2019 4 posts

South West Youth Games | | General Articles, Blogging
Book your place on Village Green - July 6th!     Do you share our vision of inspiring a generation of environmentally sustainable young people through sport and physical activity?Then book your place at Planet Earth Games, the world's first environment themed multi-sport event in Exeter on 6 July. Planet Earth Games provides a unique Olympic and Paralympic-style experience for up to 3000 young people and their families whilst sharing the best in sustainability in sport and beyond.There is limited places in the Village Green, BOOK NOW. Or, to find out more, contact Jo Wood via email or on 07809 144260.   We are pleased to announce that we will be joined by a number of fantastic organisations, including: Nourish Zero Waste; Vegan Runners UK; Forestry England; Environment Agency; South West Water; Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre; Devon Wildlife Trust; Sustrans; South West Coast Path & Plastic Free Exeter. The Planet Earth Games is committed to: zero usage of avoidable single use oil-based plastics leaving no trace by achieving zero waste usage of recycled materials wherever possible being at the forefront of sustainability in sport in the UK   Planned set-up. Exhibitors will be located at the Village Green.  ...

South West Youth Games | | General Articles, Blogging
South West Water has teamed up with the world’s first environment themed multi-sports event to help promote the benefits of health and hydration. The groundbreaking Planet Earth Games is taking place in Exeter on 6 July at Exwick Sports Hub and Flowerpot Playing Fields.   The organisers have a vision of inspiring a generation of environmentally-sustainable young people through physical activity. The Planet Earth Games is committed to:   zero usage of avoidable single use oil-based plastics leaving no trace by achieving zero waste usage of recycled materials wherever possible being at the forefront of sustainability in sport in the UK   The partnership will see South West Water provide hydration on site for participants, as part of the company’s ReFill campaign to combat pollution from single-use plastic water bottles and to keep people healthy and hydrated when they are out and about.     South West Water will provide refills at Planet Earth Games   Next month’s event will include competitive football, tennis, rugby and street sports as well as a wide range of range of family activities, including Plogging (picking up litter and jogging),  Walking rugby, Paddle boarding, Raft building, Canoeing, Walking trails and Cycling as well as a Village Green, highlighting the best in sustainability.   Alan Hyde, Head of Community Relations, South West Water said: “We’re delighted to support this exciting new event.  It’s a great opportunity to protect the environment and promote easy access to free, top quality tap water and all the physical and mental health benefits that it brings.”   Chris Broadbent, Chief Executive, Planet Earth Games said: “We are really pleased to be teaming up with South West Water - there is real synergy between our organisations. We are both committed to a healthier future for young people and their environment and working together, we can only strengthen our shared cause.”   Games’ ambassad...

South West Youth Games | | General Articles, Blogging
We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Sustrans to deliver group cycling on July 6th. The group cycling will be just one of many environmentally-focused sports and activities offered during the Planet Earth Games 2019.   The Planet Earth Games is trailblazing for sustainability and sport delivering the world’s first environment-themed multi-sports event, encouraging the community to get active whilst also educating young people and their families on environmental sustainability.  Founded in 1974, Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. Sustrans strive to make journeys safer and empowering people to make travel choices which are good for them, their neighbourhoods and the environment. Chris Broadbent, Planet Earth Games CEO, said: “This is just one of our strategic partnerships with leading charities focused on bettering health and the environment."        “The Planet Earth Games hopes to induce a change in people’s individual habits. Making responsible travel choices, such as cycling or walking, is a small change that can make a big impact, and Sustrans is the perfect partner to help us make this impact.”  The Planet Earth Games is committed to walking the talk for the environment, they pledge their events will leave no trace, include no avoidable single use plastic, use recycled materials and be at the forefront of sustainability. Alongside the group cycling, the Planet Earth Games will also feature plogging, competitive youth sport and a full day of activities for all the family.  Find out more about Sustrans on their website. Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter. ...

Planet Earth Games | | General Articles, Blogging
Planet Earth Games is delighted to announce a partnership with South West Coast Path Association to deliver an interactive trail walk on July 6th! The South West Coast Path Association has been working as a charity since 1974 to protect and conserve the coast path from Somerset's Minehead to the shores of Poole Harbour in Dorset.    South West Coast Path National Trail stretches for 630 miles. Photographer: D. Baker     Together we invite adventurers of all ages to this unique trail walk based on clues to follow and solve, and fun interactive activities to complete on the way.  This is suitable for the whole family and you can do it at your own pace, at any time throughout the day.   We may be a few miles from the amazing world-renowned National Trail but we will introduce you to its landscape, wildlife and culture. The South West Coast Path stretches for around 1,000 km around the stunning coastline of the South West, and we will give you the flavour of it in this bite-sized 1km walking trail.   Enjoy a flavour of the beautiful South West Coast Path. Photographer: Alison Webber.     As part of our commitment to exercise and the environment, the trail walk aims to inspire people to start their own Coast Path adventure, and incorporate walking into their day-to-day routine. Making a sustainable travel choice like walking not only helps with fitness, but also encourages an awareness of nature.  Trail walk leaflets will be available at the Village Green stand at the Planet Earth Games event on July 6, and access will be included in the Day Pass. The trail walk forms part of the Planet Earth Games, which features plogging, competitive youth sport and a full day of activities for all the family.    For more information on the South West Coast Path Association access their website. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  ...

May 2019 1 posts

Dominic Hughes | | General Articles, Blogging
Planet Earth Games set to deliver the U.K's largest Plogathon: An Explainer.     Planet Earth Games and Plastic Free Exeter have agreed a partnership to deliver a ‘Plogathon’ – which organisers believe could be the biggest plogging event ever delivered in the UK. What is 'plogging'?   Plogging refers to the activity of picking up litter whilst jogging - a Swedish derived term, from "plocka" (to pick up) and "jogga" (to jog). From its beginnings in Sweden in 2016, plogging now represents an increasingly global movement, evidenced by the representation of over 40 countries in the official online “Plogga” group.   In Kolar in India, a non-profit initiative - Go Plog - have collected 16 tonnes of dry waste by holding monthly plogging events. Closer to home, Plastic Free Exeter are seeking to replicate such success, holding regular 'plogs' on the last Sunday of every month. Find more information here.     Planet Earth Games CEO, Chris Broadbent, in attendance at a monthly plogging event in Exeter. Benefits of Plogging   Plogging taps into two major contemporary concerns. The first relates to the environment, specifically plastic pollution. A leading message from Plogga is that "if we don’t act now, our seas will contain more plastic than fish already 2050 as much as 85% of all trash littered on earth will end up in our seas." The second pertains to the health and fitness. Plogging represents an ideal means to exercise whilst participating in an inclusive and worthwhile activity. According to the Swedish-based fitness app Lifesum, a half-hour of jogging plus picking up trash will burn 288 calories for the average person, compared with the 235 burned by jogging alone.   The Planet Earth Games Plogathon - 6th July The Plogathon is a central feature of the very first Planet Earth Games - a multi-sport environmental festival happening in Exeter on the 6th ...

April 2019 2 posts

South West Youth Games | | General Articles, Blogging
The 2019 Street Series SW concluded on Sunday with another action-packed day at Mount Hawke. Over 50 riders got gnarly in the bowl, street and boxes in BMX, scootering and skateboarding. On the bikes, Dead Sailor and Roots were well represented with Fraizer Devine (5-15yr) and Aaron Wilson securing an individual double success for Dead Sailor. In the team standings, Roots (5-15yr) and Cornwall Boys (16-21yr) topped the box. Also on two wheels, there was a really close competition in the 5-15yr scootering bracket with Maxwell Jackson edging Jonah Jackson and Remy Korman in the top three.  Cornwall Boys were the leading team. The skateboard competition really caught fire with some series regulars and newbies pushing each other to new limits. Junkyard’s Lola T showed what girls are made of, taking a well-deserved victory. She was followed by Roots’ Laneon Belasco and Mount Hawke’s own Joss Bellamy. Junkyard also topped the team standings. Full results are below. For the overall series, Fraizer Devine (5-15yr) and Brandon Docking (16-21yr) finished as BMX champions. Luke Green and Dec Collier (Prime) finished top in the 5-15 and 16-21 classes. In the skateboarding, Peter Gordon finished as series winner for the 5-15yr class. 134 competitors took part in the series across five rounds at Mount Hawke (rd 1& rd 5), Lodge (rd 2), Junkyard (rd 3) and Prime (Schools rd 4). MOUNT HAWKE RD 5 RESULTS OVERALL SERIES RESULTS  ...

South West Youth Games | | General Articles, Blogging
Taking place at Exwick Sports Hub and Flowerpot Playing Fields on 6 July, the Planet Earth Games will be part of a weekend long celebration for the city. The Exeter Festival will take place 5-7 July including live music and film screenings and craft activities at Northernhay Gardens and Cathedral Green. As well as Saturday's packed programme, The Planet Earth Games will also have a presence at the 7 July activities in Northernhay Gardens via a plogging event. The link up is through Exeter Live Better, giving the region's biggest city greater prominence in the national conscience.     ...

March 2019 2 posts

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
International cyclist and ambassador for the Planet Earth Games, Lauren Dolan recently dropped in on the offices of Heathfield-based IT experts JMV Solutions to thank them for their support for the 2019 Games, which will take place in Exeter on 6 July. Formerly the South West Youth Games, the charity behind the event is broadening its reach from youth sport and children’s activities to tackling climate change. JMV Solutions have agreed to donate 1% of all their income this year to support the Planet Earth Games, which is set to be the world’s first environment themed multi sports event. JMV will also provide IT and AV support to enable the charity to deliver the event, including providing Wi-Fi event services. 19–year-old Dolan of Newton Abbot who took part in the previous incarnation of the event – Devon Youth Games - in her childhood before going on to represent Great Britain met with James Vincent, owner of JMV Solutions and their staff team last week. James said: “We were thrilled to welcome Lauren and Games Chief Executive Chris Broadbent to our offices last week. We have been looking for a charity to support and when we first came across the Planet Earth Games, we were only too happy to help. “I am a parent too, so I can really relate to the charity’s ethos of getting young people more active and educating them environmental sustainability. The whole team at JMV Solutions is really excited at working with the Planet Earth Games.” Chris Broadbent, CEO, Planet Earth Games, said: “The support of James and his team at JMV Solutions is vital for us to deliver activities that have a life-changing effect on young people across the region. “It is very early days for the Planet Earth Games and the support from local companies like JMV Solutions really helps us build a platform to grow the charity and tackle these critical areas of child inactivity and climate change on a regional, national and international scale in the future.”...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
We are very saddened to learn of the death in recent days of John Coates, Chairman of our charity on its formation in 2016 through to 2018. John was a tireless, impassioned champion of youth sport, children's health and community life across the region. Without John, it is very unlikely our charity would have even survived some very challenging times. Instead - under his leadership - our events have flourished and our reach has grown beyond a one day event into new sports and extended across the Tamar into Cornwall. We are forever indebted for his commitment, enthusiasm and direction that leaves a real legacy for generations of the future. More than that, he was also a throroughly decent human, well liked and respected by all who were fortunate to meet him. Everyone at our charity sends our heartfelt condolences to John's family at this very sad time....

January 2019 5 posts

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
The Street Series SW rolled into Newton Abbot on Sunday with 42 participants showing some incredible skills in BMX, scootering and skateboarding. Competitors streamed in from Truro, Braunton, Southampton and Plymouth for the second round of the inaugural series which launched at Mount Hawke on 4 January.  At the Lodge Indoor Skatepark, there were some standout displays from Dead Sailor who took individual (Fraizer Devine) and team success in the BMX in the 5-15 class whilst Brandon Docking tightened his grip on the 16-21 class with a victory to follow up his solid display in round 1. In the scootering, Luke Green took his second successive win to take a commanding lead in the overall standings.  There was also an incredible perfomance from Dec Collier who made a victorious series debut in the 16-21 class. In a highly competitive skateboard competition, Monty Pugh took the 5-15 class from Frank Gray and Peter Gordon. But Gordon heads the overall standings heading into round 3 at Junkyard, Saltash on 17 February. In the team competition for 5-15 year old skateboard, South West Groms and CBA look set for a series-long battle. THE LODGE RESULTS OVERALL STANDINGS...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
Fifteen school teams took part in the Adventure League Climbing competition at Plymouth Clip n' Climb on Friday 18 January. On a memorable day for all participants at the city facility, there were several students in year 7 and 8 brand new to climbing. The gold medals went to Robert Geffreys B Team, with Compton Church of England A team and Ste Edwards Church of England B team taking home silver and bronze respectively. Congratulations to all competitors.   FULL RESULTS...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
Penzance’s Roots Youth Club plundered individual and team prizes across all three disciplines at the Street Series SW opening round at Mount Hawke on Friday 4 January. There was also some success for Truro’s Dead Sailor BMX riders and Saltash’s Junkyard put in a solid display to win a skateboard team prize. Round 1 of the five event series saw participants gather from right across the South West and beyond at one of the UK’s finest facilities. Prizes were kindly donated by Stateside Skates, Camp Rubicon and Skatewarehouse for the event. Each entrant had three competitive runs on the bowl, park and boxes and ample time to work on their moves in between runs. Round 2 will take place at the Lodge Indoor Skatepark, Newton Abbot on Sunday 27 January. Entries are limited and can be booked online here. FULL RESULTS Picture courtesy of www.instagram/juswaye...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
Only last July, we ordered crates and crates of bottled water for the 2018 South West Youth Games finals and thought very little of it. writes CEO Chris Broadbent. Hundreds of single-use plastic for one day and then discarded. Six months on and it is something we - as an organisation - will never contemplate again. We surveyed our participants after last year's events and found that the environment is an issue they cared deeply about. Our charity, like many of our participants and their parents, is also on a journey of enlightenment and a stronger sense of responsibility to environmental sustainability. The link between the environment and children's health and wellbeing is obvious. How can we expect young people now - and in the future - to engage more often in physical activity if we don't provide a cleaner, safer and sustainable environment? Now is the time for New Year's Resolutions.  So, as we evolve the South West Youth Games to the Planet Earth Games (Exeter, 5-7 July), we are committing to: zero usage of avoidable single use oil-based plastics leaving no trace by achieving zero waste usage of recycled materials wherever possible being at the forefront of sustainability in sport in the UK Sport can be a powerful force for good and we take our position of influence seriously. We are committed to making a leap forward in sustainability and will continue to make more strides forward in the future. We hope others will join us and make similar changes for a better future. #jointhejourney...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
The South West Youth Games Trust has some big ambitions for 2019 and beyond and we are looking for some committed volunteers who can play a leading role in our evolution into a groundbreaking leader in youth sport in the UK. We are seeking individuals who can assist us on a part-time, flexible basis in areas of volunteer recruitment, media and marketing, events and fundraising. Each role will suit individuals looking to take a first step into a career in sport, retired professionals or professionals looking for a rewarding and fulfilling experience working in youth sport alongside their existing part-time roles. The full role descriptions are below. Applicants must send a covering letter and a CV by Friday 11 January, see the job descriptions for full details.   VOLUNTEER OFFICER EVENTS ADMIN MARKETING OFFICER  ...

December 2018 2 posts

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
It has been a week since Sport England’s Active Lives Children and Young People report was published and the findings were shocking, but not surprising writes CEO Chris Broadbent. Less than one in five children are meeting the recommended activity guidelines, with one in three doing less than half an hour of physical activity per day. Teenage girls are less likely to be active, as are children from low income backgrounds. Our Southwest based youth charity has had some real success stories in the last year as we have made a deliberate move away from ‘preaching to the converted’ in our programmes and targeting groups where participation is low to make a real difference in our communities. As a result of the programme, in 2018; Nearly 1,000 young people became members of local sports clubs in the 3 months following their experiences with us. Five new under 13 girls’ rugby teams were created in Devon as a result of a collaboration with the RFU. Our Street Sports programme has proven to be 3X as effective at engaging young people from deprived communities into activity than traditional sports programmes. We are building on this work by further developing our areas of success and using our market research to deliver an innovative programme for 2019. This includes Street Series SW, the region’s first street sports league, Adventure League - the region’s first outdoor pursuits League and the world’s first environment-themed multi-sports event - The Planet Earth Games.  The programmes encourage participation in not just physical activity but also caring for the environment. Leaving no trace and in a better state than when we found it. We know our events are a catalyst for activity in communities and the parents of our participants recognise our value. “My child felt empowered to play a game she had never felt good enough to play before” one of them emotively told us. So, you would imagine that funding for an organisation like ours that has suc...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
You may have noticed some changes to our website recently. Allow us to explain.. The future of young people has always been at the heart of our charity. We passionately believe in sport and physical activity as a powerful force for good in for young people - enabling them to live healthier and happier lives. That’s why we are so proud that the 2018 South West Youth Games prompted almost 1,000 young people not engaged with regular community activity to join a local sports club. In the same spirit of a wanting a better future for young people, we are widening our ambitions to the environment. We have listened to you - our participants and parents – you told us in a survey after this year’s Games that the environment was an area that you cared deeply about. We share your concern over the deteriorating environment we risk passing on to our children and future generations. How can we expect young people in the future to enjoy the benefits of sport and physical activity, if we do not ensure they have a safe, healthy and sustainable environment in which to play? That’s why we are evolving the South West Youth Games into the Planet Earth Games, a unique event that will be a catalyst of physical activity and also educate young people on environmental sustainability for a better future. The Planet Earth Games will aim to: * eliminate single-use plastic* leave no trace - we will leave venues cleaner* use recycled materials where possible* be at the forefront of sustainability in British sport We are the world’s first environment-themed multi-sports event and will take place in Exeter for the first time in summer 2019. This is an exciting time for our charity, but an urgently important time for our planet and the future generations. We hope you will join our journey #jointhejourney ...

October 2018 2 posts

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
The South West Youth Games Trust have struck a partnership with Clip n Climb to deliver a unique schools climbing competition next year. Taking place across the three Clip n Climb sites in Exeter, Plymouth and Cornwall on Friday 18 January, the events will see school teams of years 5 and 6 pupils tackle identical climbs and their performances will be combined to produce overall results. Any pupils who enter the event as part of their school team will also be able to take advantage of a £10 discounted fee for any weekend climbing in the lead up to event at each of the three participating centres. Clip n Climb are widely regarded as one of global leaders in indoor climbing and Trust CEO Chris Broadbent is excited at the link up. "This is a really unique partnership and will give schools a great opportunity to try something a bit different. "Not every young person is interested in more traditional sports like football, rugby and cricket and we urge schools to bring pupils who might benefit most from this opportunity and spark their interest in an alternate form of physical activity. "By working across three sites this also enables us to limit the transport issues that can sometimes prohibit schools. The climbing event is one of several innovations we are introducing into our event programme this year and is one we are very excited about."  Entries are available online here....

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
An innovative new street league will be launched across Devon and Cornwall aimed at the growing urban sport scene. Street Series South West will feature skateboarding, scootering and freestyle BMX events at facilities across the region next year. The series will begin at Mount Hawke Skatepark near Truro on 4 January and include events in Saltash’s Junkyard Skatepark, Prime Skatepark in Plymouth and the Lodge Indoor Skatepark in Newton Abbot for young people aged 5 to 21. The events will bring together the thriving street sports community in a grand prix-style series for the first time ever. The series has been created by the South West Youth Games Trust. The charity’s Chief Executive Chris Broadbent is excited over the series’ prospects. “For the last two years the Trust has hosted hugely popular standalone Street Sports events as part of our range of wide sport and physical activity programme.” He said. “But this will be the first time we have ever created a series of events focussed on street sports. “It is difficult to estimate exactly how many people take part in street sports in Devon and Cornwall, as there is very little formal research from sporting bodies. But we know of 65 skateparks across the region. “We also know that the most prominent facility in the region – Mount Hawke – has around 29,000 people using the venue annually, up 25% on two years ago. And with BMX freestyle and skateboarding becoming part of the Olympics in Tokyo 2020 its profile and appeal is only going to grow. “From our own wide experience across all sports, we also know that street sports are unique in getting young people from low income backgrounds into regular physical activity. “Around 19% of our street sports participants are from Devon and Cornwall’s most deprived communities, compared to 6% who take part in our more traditional sports like hockey and rugby. Quite simply, it gets young people off the streets and into regular sport. “We are real...

September 2018 1 posts

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
The South West Youth Games Trust is delighted to announce it has bagged £4000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme. Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £60 million to over 18,000 local community projects. Work will now begin on bringing the project to life. The South West Youth Games Trust has recently delivered the biggest programme in its 20 year history with nearly 4000 sporting and physical activity experiences delivered across the region during 2018. Next year the Trust is looking to build on this year’s success with a refreshed, innovative programme to enable young people to make positive choices about their health and lifestyle. Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.” Voting ran in stores throughout May and June with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding. Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local comm...

August 2018 2 posts

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
Seven participants in April’s South West Rotary Youth Games Indoor Rowing Finals have qualified for the upcoming School Games Finals at Loughborough University. The nationwide annual event pits the best performers from multiple schools events across the country in 10 sports. The ‘South West Seven’ have all earned their place from quality performances at the South West Rotary Youth Games event at Marjons, Plymouth on 18 April. The pupils selected are as follows: Archie Rolls (Fowey River Academy) - Y9; Ellie Childs (Mounts Bay Academy) - Y9; Ben Grubb (Wadebridge) - Y10; Izzy Macpherson (Falmouth) - Y10; Jenna Kempster-Taylor (Plymouth High School for Girls) - Y10; Ellie Langman (Kingsbridge) - Y11 and Ellie Childs (Plymouth High School for Girls) - Y11. Good luck to you all!...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
South West Youth Games Trust is seeking individuals with the skills, knowledge, experience and commitment to help lead the organisation through the next phase of strategic development.  Following a successful year engaging over 2500 young people in Devon and Cornwall, the Trust is now looking for a Chairperson and Trustees to help its strategic development. Full job descriptions can be viewed below. The successful candidate(s) will be appointed to the South West Youth Games Trust, a Charity registered with the Charity Commission, who will sit on the Board of the organisation. We are particularly looking for individuals with passion for young people, commercial experience to enable us to develop our fundraising activities and with specialist expertise in either law, marketing, accounting or fundraising. You must have a willingness to work on a voluntary basis and have senior management or leadership experience in either the public or private sector. Please send you CV and covering letter to swyouthgames@gmail.com by Friday 24 August.   trustee-role-description chair-job-role...

July 2018 1 posts

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
In glorious weather, young people from across Devon and Cornwall shone brightest at the South West Rotary Youth Games  finals at Dawlish on Saturday 7 July. Around 800 participants aged 8-18 represented their local area across 13 sports at the South Devon venue whilst hundreds more families enjoyed a packed day of activities including food stalls, fun runs, archery, dodgeball, swimming and local bands all brought to a brilliant climax by watching England on the giant screen qualify for the World Cup semi-finals. Hosts Teignbridge took the overall trophy as the winning area for the fifth time, as the Games celebrated its 20th anniversary. 2016 and 2017 champions West Devon were second overall and South Hams placed third. Exeter collected the Chairman’s Shield in recognition of their improved number of participants and fair play throughout this year’s competitions. Saturday’s finals brings to an end this year’s South West Rotary Youth Games season which has seen Street Sports finals in Truro, Indoor Rowing finals in Plymouth and Netball finals in Paignton. There were also 120 GET INTO events during the year linking young people with local clubs and coaches. Saturday’s event got underway with an Opening Ceremony led by Radio Exe presenter Chris Dinnis, and England and Devon rugby players Clara Nielson, Poppy Leith and Hollie Cunningham. Then the first medals of the day were awarded to the best performers in the ‘floss’ dance craze to send youngsters hyped and happy to their sports across the site encompassing Dawlish Leisure Centre, Dawlish Community College, Dawlish Lawn Tennis Club and Red Rock Youth Centre.   Following a brilliant day of sport, the crowds settled down to watch England in the World Cup on a giant outdoor screen and at half time, the Closing Ceremony took place.   Graham Carey, newly-elected Rotary District Governor and a member of Dawlish Rotary Club and GB cyclist and Games’ ambassador Lauren Dolan presented the awards to...

June 2018 7 posts

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
Former Exeter Chiefs star Matt Jess and GB cycling international Lauren Dolan have joined the South West Rotary Youth Games as official ambassadors. The Cornwall-raised Jess spent nine seasons with the Chiefs, a period that included promotion to the Premiership, an Anglo-Welsh Cup Triumph and 2017’s famous Premiership title victory. Newton Abbot-based 18 year old Dolan has represented GB at the European Youth Olympics and World Championships – in the latter she bravely completed the time trial event despite a serious crash. Jess now runs MSJ Coaching, a multi-sport coaching company working with all ages to develop fundamental sport and activity skills, in a fun environment. He says: “There are so many benefits to taking part in sport and physical activity and that’s why I am really happy to be an ambassador for the South West Rotary Youth Games. “I tried plenty of sports when I was young and that’s really healthy. You can really develop your skills trying new sports and it gives you a great foundation for long-term involvement and enjoyment of sport.” Lauren says: “I am really happy to be an ambassador for the South West Rotary Youth Games. I took part in the Youth Games in football and really enjoyed representing my own area of Teignbridge. It was great to get that recognition and give me some extra motivation at a young age.” Lauren Dolan is set to attend this year’s South West Rotary Youth Games Finals at Dawlish on Saturday 7 July, where around 1,500 young people are expected to represent their area across 14 sports.  There will also be lots of family entertainment open to all on the day, including tennis, swimming, archery, bubble football, skateboarding, food stalls, one mile fun run, bouncy castle and much more. Chris Broadbent, Chief Executive, South West Youth Games Trust said: “Both Matt Jess and Lauren Dolan are brilliant role models for young people in Devon and Cornwall and we are delighted that they are joining us as am...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
South West Water have become official supporters of the region’s largest youth community sports event. The South West Rotary Youth Games is helping create a happier and healthier future by delivering inspiring, innovative and accessible sports and physical activity events across Devon and Cornwall.   Around 10,000 young people across the South West take part in the Games journey every year and the 2018 season climaxes with the Summer Finals set to take place at Dawlish Leisure Centre on Saturday 7 July.     Alan Hyde, Head of Public and Community Relations, South West Water said: “We are delighted to have teamed up with the South West Rotary Youth Games. The importance of staying healthy and hydrated, including during exercise, is a really key message for young people taking their first steps into competitive sport and regular physical activity.   “We look forward to working with the Games and helping them make a significant contribution to the health of all Devon and Cornwall communities.”   Chris Broadbent, Chief Executive, South West Youth Games said: “We are really pleased to be teaming up with South West Water - there is real synergy between our organisations. We both want to nurture healthier more sustainable communities across the region and working together can only strengthen our cause.”   Games’ ambassador and former Exeter Chiefs star Matt Jess joined South West Water’s Alan Hyde to toast the sponsorship announcement at South West Water’s offices in Exeter.  ...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
Sherwoods have agreed a three-year partnership to support the South West Rotary Youth Games. Like the Games, the Newton Abbot-based building services engineers work right across the South West region, working closely with councils and schools. This year’s Games have already seen over 500 young people taking part in the January’s school Skipathon, April’s Indoor Rowing and Street Sports Finals and this month’s Netball finals. On Saturday 7 July, the Summer Finals will take place at Dawlish Leisure Centre where around 2,000 young people will compete in 14 sports among a festival full of free activities to get all the family active. The Games are huge catalyst for local activity with around 120 GET INTO events taking place across the South West to preparation for the region-wide finals, reaching thousands more young people. Kevin Sherwood, Managing Director, Sherwoods said: “We’re really excited to be able to support the South West Rotary Youth Games, as active Rotarians with a passion for developing young people, we can really see the value in the positive impact that the Games have on our young people. “It is our pleasure and privilege to be able to give our backing to this event and to commit to that support for the next three years.” Chris Broadbent, Chief Executive, South West Youth Games Trust said: “We are delighted to be joined by such a well respected and professional company on our journey to create a healthier, happier South West. “ "Kevin and his team share our vision and we really appreciate their support in helping us make a real difference to the lives of young people across Devon and Cornwall.”  ...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
Over 150 young people from across the region took part in the South West Rotary Youth Games Netball Finals at Paignton Community and Sports Academy on Sunday. The event, which consisted of High 5 Netball for mixed primary aged young people and an under 13 girls’ netball competition, featured 102 young people not currently members of sport clubs.      Chris Broadbent, Chief Executive, South West Youth Games Trust said: “The Trust have now set out on a fresh, but very deliberate pathway to engage with more young people not currently attached to sports clubs. “It is very challenging trying to bring more young people into community sport and regular physical activity. But that is the ambition we have set ourselves. “Thanks to the hard work of England Netball and our Area Co-ordinators we succeeded in engaging young people into our netball events and linking them with local clubs and coaches to deliver a long-term legacy and a real outcome to our activities. “Following our success of April’s Street Sports event, where we engaged with over 100 young people from hard-to-reach groups, we are now looking forward to our big Summer Finals in Dawlish on 7 July with real optimism and excitement over the real difference we can make to South West communities.” The High 5 Netball was won by Torbay, with East Devon collecting silver and South Hams bronze. The under 13 girls Netball gold medals were won by Exeter with Teignbridge and East Devon taking silver and bronze collectively. FULL RESULTS HIGH 5 NETBALL 1. Torbay A, 2. East Devon, 3. South Hams, 4. West Devon, 5. Teignbridge A, 6. Torbay B, 7. Teignbridge B, 8. West Devon B, 9. North Devon UNDER 13 NETBALL 1. Exeter, 2. Teignbridge, 3. East Devon, 4. North Devon, 5. Torbay, 6. South Hams...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
A 25% increase on entries and the attendance of a Superleague Academy player are the main features of this weekend’s Netball Finals. Around 150 young people are set to contest the netball competitions of the South West Rotary Youth Games this Sunday at Paignton Community and Sport Academy, which will be attended by Team Bath Academy Pleyer Rachel Fee. Fifteen teams will take to the court for Netball under 13 girls and High 5 Netball mixed, up on the 11 teams that contested netball competitions at the 2017 Games. Teignbridge took the High 5 gold 12 months ago and the area will bring two teams to this year’s finals where they will go up against teams from East Devon, North Devon x 2, South Hams, Torbay x 2 and West Devon. East Devon won the under 18 girls tournament last year and they will once again line up a revised under 13 competition up against Exeter, North Devon, Teignbridge, Torbay and South Hams. The action gets underway at 10am.  ...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
Radio Exe will be returning to this year's South West Rotary Youth Games finals after appearing last year at Okehampton. Popular Devon DJ Chris Dinnis will be presenting from the 2018 Summer Finals at Dawlish on Saturday 7 July. The station will also be promoting the Games to its thousands of listeners across Devon on FM and DAB in the lead up to the annual showpiece. ...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
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 a...

May 2018 3 posts

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
Basketball has been added to the competitions at this year's South West Rotary Youth Games Finals at Dawlish on 7 July. A 4 v 4 mixed gender tournament for primary aged youngsters will take place at Red Rock Youth Centre overlooking Dawlish Leisure Centre. The event will not be an area-based competition, instead it will be open to on-line entries only. Clubs, schools and any other groups are urged to snap up the places as soon as possible as space is limited. To find out more and book a team place for just £20, click here. ...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
Cornwall are leading the way in the chase for this year's South West Rotary Youth Games as they seek their first ever overall triumph in the region's largest community youth sports event. Since April's Street Sports Finals and Indoor Rowing Finals which took place at Mount Hawke Skatepark and Marjons, Plymouth respectively, Cornwall are leading the way in the overall standings with a near maximum score of 43 as the Games moves into Summer. The Cornwall team enjoyed a clean sweep in the Street Sports on 6 April taking gold in the Skateboarding, Freestyle BMX and Scootering competitions. They followed up with silver at the Indoor Rowing on 18 April where Plymouth took the overall honours.  Teignbridge, host of this year's Summer Finals, are second overall at the moment with 29 points and East Devon are third overall on 19. With the netball finals (Paignton 10 June) and Summer Finals (Dawlish 7 July) yet to come there are still 154 points up for grabs, so a lot can happen between now and the climax. OVERALL SCORES  ...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
Two fantastic Devon businesses have recently partnered with the South West Youth Games Trust, Newton Abbot-based A Signs are the new print and design partner of the region's largest community youth sports event. Meanwhile, Torbay's Accounting4Everything are the new accounting partners of the Trust. Thanks to both for all your support. ...

April 2018 4 posts

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
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.”...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
Young Plymouth rowers became regional champions as they won the South West Rotary Youth Games Indoor Rowing Finals at Marjons University on Wednesday 18 April, but there was also plenty of medal success for Cornish and South Hams participants. The combined team of Plymouth High School for Girls and Devonport High School for Boys took the overall title after a day of high intensity, high energy rowing from schools across Devon and Cornwall and participants aged 11-18. Falmouth School and Wadebridge School were second and third overall respectively. Working in partnership with British Rowing, this was the first year Indoor Rowing has been part of the region’s largest community youth sports event and with a thriving rowing scene, the event is set to grow for years to come. On a day of thriving competition, there were individual gold medals for Freddie Rolls (Fowey River Academy – year 7 boys), Matilda Pennington (Wadebridge – year 7 girls), Finn Washburn (Devonport High School for Boys – year 8 boys), Evie DuCross (Truro School – year 8 girls), Charlie Groves (Devonport High School for Boys – year 9 boys), Ellie Dash (Mounts Bay Academy – year 9 girls), Ben Grubb (Wadebridge - year 10 boys), Jenna Kempster-Taylor (Plymouth High School for Girls), Brandon Postelwaite (Wadebridge – year 11 boys), Ellie Langham (Kingsbridge - year 11 girls), Theo Fleming (Falmouth – year 12 and 13 boys) and Maddie Weston (Budehaven – year 12 and 13 girls). The Indoor Rowing is part of the biggest ever South West Rotary Youth Games calendar which concludes with the Summers Finals in Dawlish on 7 July.  Around 10,000 young people aged 8-18, both able-bodied and disabled take part in the journey towards the Games each year. Chris Broadbent, Chief Executive of the South West Youth Games Trust said: “Congratulations to all the participants for a superb day of competition in Plymouth. There was an incredible amount of effort put in from every school. “This is an ...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
Cornwall retained their Street Sports title after an epic event at Mount Hawke Skatepark near Truro on Friday. The home team were in great form on four wheels or two as youngsters from right across the region enjoyed the experience of competing at one of the UK's best skate parks and host of the Team GB Olympic Trials for Tokyo 2020. Cornwall's Mount Hawke team took gold in both the scooter and skateboard team classes as their fellow Cornish contingent from Junkyard took the BMX team gold. There were also medals for East Devon and Teignbridge in the team and individual disciplines. Following three sections of 45 minute freestyle competitions around the park, the crowd were treated to the best tricks competitions which saw the first gold head out of Cornwall as East Devon's Liam Whiteman wowed the crown with the best scooter trick. The event was covered by BBC Spotlight bringing real prestige to the opening competitions of the 2018 South West Rotary Youth Games. FULL RESULTS...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
Hundreds of Devon and Cornwall’s most enthusiastic and talented BMX riders, skateboarders and scooterers aged 8-16 are getting set to compete for medals at the South Rotary West Youth Games Street Sports finals at Mount Hawke Skatepark near Truro on Friday. Taking place at the venues that will host the official Team GB Olympic Trials venue for Tokyo 2020, the Street Sports finals are one of the most spectacular events in the South West Youth Games calendar which concludes with the Summers Finals in Dawlish on 7 July.  Cornwall will be attempting to defend the Street Sports crown they won last year on home turf.  Chris Broadbent, Chief Executive of the South West Youth Games Trust said: “Last year’s launch Street Sports finals was one of the biggest successes of the South West Rotary Youth Games and marked a fresh approach for our events. “The Street Sports provide something really relevant and appealing to young people who we might otherwise find harder to engage with using a more traditional sports model. We are expecting an incredible day for all young people to motivate them into regular physical activity and sports participation." ...

March 2018 4 posts

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
Working with Parents in Sport (WWPIS) and the South West Rotary Youth Games have agreed a partnership that will see the organisations working together to promote best practice for parents of children in sport. WWPIS is a UK-based company helping support parents to give their child the best possible sporting experience. They offer a wide range of print and on-line resources outlining guidance for parents of participants at all levels from grass roots to elite.   The partnership will see the region’s largest community youth sports event using WWPIS’s guidelines as the go-to portal for parents with children in sport.   Chris Broadbent, Chief Executive, South West Youth Games said: “Parents play such a critical role in the quality of experience of sport and physical activity for children. Yet the importance of this role is sometimes overlooked.   “At the South West Youth Games, we are committed to creating an environment of maximum enjoyment for as many young people as possible. We want to motivate and inspire them to participate in sport and physical activity on a long-term basis.   “Fortunately, we there are thousands of parents in Devon and Cornwall who provide the right parental support to enable their children to enjoy sport and reap all the health and wellbeing benefits it offers.   “But it is not always the case. So, we are delighted to partner with WWPIS in this really important area. Together we would like to equip all parents with the very best guidance and give every child the best chance of a positive sporting experience.”   Gordon MacLelland, Chief Executive, WWPIS said: “WWPIS is delighted to be working in partnership with South West Rotary Youth games to support parents in creating the best sporting environments for their children. “We understand how tough it is being a sports parent and making the right decision at the right time for our children can be something of a minefield.   Parents make all their decisio...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
Cornwall Training and Consultancy (CTC Medics) and the South West Rotary Youth Games have agreed a partnership that will see the organisations working together for the 2018 event season. The partnership will see Cornwall Training and Consultancy providing First Aid expertise and support at four events across the region this year featuring thousands of young people from Devon and Cornwall. 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’s Games are set to be the biggest in history with region-wide events taking place in Truro, Plymouth and Paignton leading towards the Summer Finals in Dawlish on 7 July. Chris Broadbent, Chief Executive, South West Youth Games Trust said: “We are delighted to secure this partnership with Cornwall Training and Consultancy. “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. “But we can only do that by ensuring we have a safe, secure environment for all participants. We are really impressed with the level of expertise and professionalism that Cornwall Training and Consultancy deliver. They will be a real welcome addition to our events in 2018.” Simon Blench, Director, Cornwall Training and Consultancy said:  “We are proud that our medical team will be supporting the events. We will be able to provide advanced medical care if needed, to ensure the youngsters will be safe whilst participating. Cornwall Training already support the young people of Cornwall with their ESF funded progr...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
The medals for this year's South West Rotary Youth Games have arrived. The new designs will be awarded for the first time at the Street Sports finals at Mount Hawke Skatepark on Friday 6 April....

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
South West Rotary Youth Games have added two further events to their expanded programme of events for 2018.The region’s largest annual community youth sport event will now host an indoor rowing event in April (entry form below) and a netball event in June, expanding the sport’s charity’s reach from two region-wide events in 2017 to five this year.The charity has added indoor rowing to its growing number of sports and will host the first ever South West Rotary Youth Games Indoor Rowing Finals at Plymouth Marjon University on 18 April.Furthermore, the Games will host Netball and High 5 Netball events at Paignton Community and Sports Academy on 10 June.Alongside January’s Skipathon in which schools across Devon and Cornwall took part, the Street Sports Finals at Mount Hawke near Truro on 6 April and the Summer Finals in Dawlish in July, this year is set to be the biggest in the Games’ 20 year history.Chris Broadbent, Chief Executive, South West Youth Games Trust said: “We are determined to broaden the reach of the South West Rotary Youth Games as we strive to engage more young people from across Devon and Cornwall with community sport and regular physical activity.“We know that sport and regular activity can have a huge physical, mental and social benefit to young people. By delivering innovative, accessible and inspiring events, we can move ever closer to our vision of a happier, healthier South West.“In British Rowing and England Netball, we have two highly regarded and professional National Governing Bodies who recognise the contribution the Games can make in developing youth sport. We are really excited about the potential of these collaborations now and in the future.”   indoor-rowing-entry-form...

January 2018 3 posts

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
Rotary in the South West Peninsula have agreed a partnership with the South West Youth Games Trust to support their events through to the 2019 season.  Rotary have previously supported the Games in 2015 and 2016 and have renewed their support for 2018 and 2019.  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.  Around 10,000 young people aged 8-18, both able-bodied and disabled take part in the journey towards the Games each year.  Chris Broadbent, Chief Executive, South West Youth Games Trust said: “Rotary 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.  “Rotary clubs have not only recognised the positive impact our work has on communities across Devon and Cornwall, but have been great champions of our locally and regionally. We are very grateful for their ongoing support in helping us make a real difference to the lives of young people.”    “Promoting youth activities is one of the key areas of focus that Rotary clubs look to undertake and by continuing this great partnership with the South West Youth Games Trust is just one way we are able to do so within Devon and Cornwall” said Darren Hands, Public Image Chairman of Rotary in the South West Peninsula. “We are delighted to build on this already well established relationship which can only benefit youngsters throughout the South West”....

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
Do you want to play a major part in the region's largest annual community youth sport's event? The South West Youth Games Trust has a unique opportunity to join the board as the organisation moves to the next stage of its strategic development. We are particularly keen to work with individuals with a passion for young people, sport and physical activity and with specific expertise in marketing, law, finance or compliance and safeguarding. A full role description is below. Please send a covering letter and CV to swyouthgames@gmail.com by Friday 26 January. trustee-ad  ...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
A new fundraising activity aimed at getting schoolchildren more active has been launched for the New Year. Skipathon is aimed at schoolchildren across Devon and Cornwall and will take place 22-26 January. The fun, simple activity encourages schools from across the region to take part in sponsored skipping challenges to help raise funds for the South West Youth Games Trust. The Trust is striving to create a happier, healthier South West by delivering a broad range of innovative, inspirational and accessible sport and physical activity experiences for young people. Schools are being encouraged to take part either as part of their PE lessons or as an extra-curricular activity. Pupils can take part in speed challenges, endurance challenges or multiple-participant challenges. All they need are a teacher to co-ordinate, skipping ropes and loads of enthusiasm. To find out to take part and how to fundraise, please see www.southwestyouthgames.co.uk/skipathon and to donate, visit www.justgiving.com/swyouthgames South West Youth Games Trust will provide sports equipment prizes for the Devon and Cornwall schools that raise the most sponsorship....

December 2017 1 posts

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
The largest Olympic-style youth sports event in the region is coming back to Cornwall for the second successive year in 2018. The South West Rotary Youth Games will return to Mount Hawke Skatepark just outside Truro next Easter to host the Street Sports event.   Last year’s launch event was a big success with over 150 young people from 8 areas competing in BMX, skateboarding and scootering competitions. It was the first time a Street Sports style event had been hosted by the event in its 19 year history.   It was also the first time Cornwall has hosted a South West Rotary Youth Games event since it expanded from the Devon Youth Games in 2015. This year’s event will take place during the Easter Holidays on Friday 6 April.   Chris Broadbent, Chief Executive of the South West Youth Games Trust said: “Last year’s launch Street Sports event was one of the biggest successes of the South West Rotary Youth Games and marked a fresh approach for our events.   “The Street Sports provide something really relevant and appealing to young people who we might otherwise find harder to engage with using a more traditional sports model. Our simple yet important mission is to create a happier and healthier south west by engaging young people in sport and physical activity.   “Ciaran Ryder and his team were incredible hosts last year at their superb facility and I am sure they will give young people from across the region another inspirational event in April.”   Venue Manager Ciaran Ryder said:  "After the success of last year, Mount Hawke is delighted in welcoming back the Rotary Youth Games back in 2018.   "We hope to have completed additional improvements to our facilities by then allowing  the best young riders in the South West in Skate, BMX and Scootering to showcase their skills. We look forward to seeing competitors, organisers and supporters in April for another action packed day."   ...

November 2017 2 posts

Ben Hugill | | General Articles, Blogging
The largest Olympic-style youth sports event in the region has awarded its 20th anniversary finals to Teignbridge district for 2018.   Dawlish is set to host the South West Rotary Youth Games finals on Saturday 7 July.   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.   Around 10,000 young people aged 8-18, both able-bodied and disabled take part in the journey towards the Games each year.   South West Youth Games Trust Chief Executive Chris Broadbent said: “Dawlish Leisure Centre is a fantastic facility and we have every confidence that Teignbridge Leisure will be superb hosts for our finals.   “We have some really ambitions plans to grow the Games in 2018 to become a year-round programme of physical activity opportunities across the region.   “But our finals remain our showcase event. With the main leisure centre, acres of grassland and surrounding facilities in a town on the main train line, we have a real opportunity to deliver the best finals ever in our 20th anniversary edition for participants and spectators alike.”   Cllr Jeremy Christophers, Leader of Teignbridge District Council, said: “To see Dawlish host the South West Rotary Youth Games is, for me, like things coming full circle. Back in 2014, the event was at risk of being lost and Teignbridge played a key role in its revival.    “Team Teignbridge has won the Games four times and has been runner-up twice, not to mention provided expertise and support to take the multi-sport event into a new era.    “The day itself is fantastic – seeing young people come together to enjoy positive camaraderie and sport is a real joy. Dawlish Leisure Centre has quality facilities that’s perfect for participants and spectators alike.    “We’re ...

Chris Broadbent | | General Articles, Blogging
Sports charity the South West Youth Games Trust has appointed its first ever Chief Executive. Chris Broadbent, who has previously worked for Team GB and for the London Olympics has joined the Trust with an aim to increase activity levels among young people across Devon and Cornwall.   The charity was created in 2015 to save the Devon Youth Games and has since grown its main event into the South West Rotary Youth Games, expanding into Cornwall as well as every Devon district.   It is now the region’s biggest youth multi-sport community event with around 10,000 taking part in the journey towards its finals events.   43 year old Broadbent worked as a Media Manager for Team GB at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and as Beach Volleyball Venue Manager at London 2012. He has also worked for five years at the London Youth Games, Europe’s largest event of its type and as Head of Marketing for early years’ swimming company Water Babies.   The new CEO said: “We have some big challenges ahead of us. There are some very worrying trends around obesity and the mental wellbeing of young people in our communities.   “But there is absolute consensus among experts on the transformative effects physical activity can have on young people. Better still, there a real appetite from the public and private sector to address these really important issues.   “Our population is spread over an area of 4000 square miles in Devon and Cornwall. But we have lots of innovative ideas over how to take the South West Rotary Youth Games right across the whole region throughout the year and provide more accessible opportunities, particularly for inactive young people.”   “We believe sport and physical activity are the foundations of healthy, happy communities and we are really keen to collaborate with like-minded organisations across the South West. Please email us at swyouthgames@gmail.com if you would like to join us on our m...

October 2017 3 posts

Nikki Taylor | | General Articles, Blogging
You're invited to our Gala Dinner, hosted by Westcountry Services in support of The South West Rotary Youth Games  Join us for a fabulous banquet in the medieval splendour of Dartington Hall, Dartington, near Totnes. An amazing opportunity to celebrate the onset of the festive season, with friends, colleagues and clients.   GUEST SPEAKER - ANN DANIELSA record-breaking Polar explorer and the first woman in history to reach the North and South Poles, as part of an all women team - Truly inspirational! Ticket price is £65 per person or £600 for a table of ten and includes: Mulled wine and canapé reception A wonderful 4 course meal prepared by Dartington Halls' renowned chef, Luvo Mafani. Live music and close up magic Dancing After dinner speakers Silent auctions with luxury prizes to include... 2 bottles of Prosecco Box at Home Exeter Chiefs Game 1 night at Salcombe Hotel with estuary facing room Hot air balloon ride Cream Tea voucher for 2 2 half day vouchers Gin school voucher for 2 people 4 childrens books Corporate photography shoot (half day) 2 VIP adult entry tickets 5 boxes (90 packets) of popcorn   Bays Brewery Gift Box 2 mini cricket bats signed by Chris Gayle and Marcus Trescothick Please note - Ticket fees are subject to VAT  All profits from this event goes towards supporting the The South West Rotary Youth Games, the largest young persons sports events in the UK. This fantastic charity brings together children and young people in the South West, promoting the physical and phycological benefits of an active lifestyle - in particular focussing on children who would not usually get to participate in such an exciting and dynamic arena.  It is with the greatest pleasure that we announce ANN DANIELS as the guest speaker at our Charity Gala Dinner in November. A recor...

Nikki Taylor | | General Articles, Blogging
  Do you want to be a part of the largest community multi sports event in the South West? How can you help your area teams? Maybe you want to take on the role of an Area/Team Co-ordinator or a Team Manager for a specific sport/activity? The South West Rotary Youth Games is an Olympic style event which provides a unique opportunity for children aged 8-18yrs from across Devon and Cornwall.   We target pupils under County Standard and those that are disengaged, lack in confidence/self-esteem, and don’t usually take up opportunities with their schools to experience a different type of journey into physical activity and sport. E.g. street sports events. There is an Area Co-ordinator for each team (usually a Local Authority area team) for instance; Cornwall, Exeter, West Devon, South Hams, East Devon, North Devon, Torridge, Teignbridge, Mid Devon, Torbay and Plymouth. These area co-ordinators are usually from a Local Authority, Leisure Centre, Community Club or a Volunteer in the Community. There are a number of local events that take place in the build up to the finals at the main event which takes place on the second weekend of July each year and involved up to 2000 people in a celebration of sport and community events on one day. Area Co-ordinators (Voluntary Positions vacant in Cornwall & North Devon)An area co-ordinator will be the main contact for the whole area team (e.g. Exeter, Teignbridge, East Devon, Cornwall). S/he will facilitate events, recruit and support volunteers and clubs in their area to develop a pathway to the finals in July. From organising local events/trials, to promotion, and collating consent forms.Find out what sports are included Receive a list of all the confirmed sports and age groups for the Youth Games eventFind your local champions. Contact local sports clubs (or maybe a charity, group or individual from a school) in your area to see if they would be willing to co-ordinate your team entry for their spor...

Nikki Taylor | | General Articles, Blogging
Vacancies: Team Managers /Assistant Team Managers wanted We are looking for enthusiastic local champions to co-ordinate an open event/trial and a number of training sessions to select and train their squad(s) for the South West Youth Games in 2018. You will be required to deliver weekly sessions from April – June in the build up to the Youth Games for a particular sport and age group. (between 4 and 12).This role would suit a Club or charity that are already engaging with children and young people under County Standard. You will also need to assist your area co-ordinator will promoting these opportunities through clubs and schools where possible. You will require a DBS check and relevant Coaching qualifications to become a Team Manager for the South West Youth Games 2018. These roles are voluntary and can be carried out by individuals of clubs from across Devon and Cornwall. you will receive a SWRYG T-shirt at the event. The sports and age groups will be available shortly for the 2018 Games. For further information about these roles please contact your Area Co-ordinator or the South West Youth Games Team on 01626 215611 positions are subject to availability...

August 2017 1 posts

Ben Hugill | | General Articles, Blogging
YOUNGSTERS SHINE AT YOUTH GAMES FINAL Around 1000 youngsters from right across Devon and Cornwall competed in the South West Youth Games in Okehampton on Sunday at the region’s biggest community youth sports event. Watched by Olympian Jemma Simpson, hundreds of youngsters representing nine Devon districts and a combined Cornwall team took part in the annual event, first launched in 1999 and newly expanded from Devon to include Cornwall this year. The West Devon team took the honours as the overall winners across a total of 19 sports, four events having already taken place at the Mount Hawke Street Games event in Truro on 31 May. It was the second year in a row that West Devon took the overall prize. They also collected the Fair Play Award to crown a great day for the host district. Corey Burns, West Devon Area Manager said: “Now hopefully at this age, they will keep being active and keep doing sport for the rest of their lives. It’s amazing for them to compete. The competitive part is really good. “It’s good to play, but sometimes the kids need a bit of competition and that is what the South West Youth Games gives them. There’s no pressure if they don’t win. If they do win, it’s a bonus.” But there was successes enjoyed by every team to take home after an epic day of physical activity and sporting endeavour. Teignbridge were second overall and triumphed in the Kwik Cricket, Badminton, High 5 Netball and Girls’ Rugby Sevens. For netball team manager Julia Harvey said: “I am really pleased for the girls. Collectively as a team, it is nice to win that gold medal. We have done six weeks of training leading up to the Games. We’ve won this one nine times before!” Cornwall won the Triathlon Year 7 & 8, Triathlon Year 9&10, Street Sport and Cyclo Cross Year 4 & 5 and placed sixth overall in their debut South West Youth Games. Exeter were second in the Dance and Stre...

May 2017 2 posts

Ben Hugill | | General Articles, Blogging
OLYMPIC STAR LAUNCHES SOUTH WEST GAMES Olympic medallist Heather Fell has fired the starter pistol in the race to compete at the 2017 South West Youth Games. The former international Modern Pentathlete, who won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics joined around 50 youngsters at the Teignbridge Hockey Trials at South Dartmoor Community College in Ashburton on Tuesday 16 May. “It’s so important that young people have the opportunity to take part in events like the South West Youth Games.” said Fell, Patron of the South West Youth Games. “For hundreds it can lead onto a lifetime of enjoyment and the health and social benefits of sport. For a few it might even lead to the Olympics or Paralympics. “For anyone who takes part, it is a fantastic journey to be part that builds new friendships and exciting new experiences.”   Scores of trials are taking place in May and June right across the South West as young people aged 8-18 take part in trials for the Games. Formerly known as the Devon Youth Games, the newly-expanded South West Youth Games will - for the first time ever - features teams from Cornwall at the finals this summer. Around 2,000 are expected to take part in the 2017 South West Youth Games finals at Okehampton on Sunday 9 July. Youngsters from every South West community have the opportunity to compete for their Devon district or the combined Cornwall team in over 20 sports, including able-bodied and disability disciplines for male and female competitors ranging from school year 3 to year 13. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION visit www.southwestyouthgames.co.uk or tel: 01626 215611 or email: swyouthgames@gmail.com ...

Jack Downey | | General Articles, Blogging
OLYMPIC STAR LAUNCHES SOUTH WEST YOUTH GAMES   WHEN:   6-7pm, Tuesday 16th May   WHERE:  Ashmoor Hockey Club, South Dartmoor Community College, Balland Lane, Ashburton, Devon TQ13 7EW   WHAT:   Olympic medallist Heather Fell is set to fire the starter pistol in the race to compete at the 2017 South West Youth Games. Tavistock-born Fell, silver medallist in the Modern Pentathlon at the 2008 Olympic Games and winner of World and European gold, is patron for the region’s biggest annual multi-sport youth event. Formerly known as the Devon Youth Games, the newly-expanded South West Youth Games will now feature district teams from Cornwall for the first time ever at the finals this summer. Around 2,000 youngsters are expected to take part in the 2017 South West Youth Games finals at Okehampton on Sunday 9 July. Throughout May and June, up to ten times as many will taking part in local trials and training events in a bid be selected for July’s prestigious finals. Heather Fell will be an inspirational presence encouraging youngsters at the Teignbridge Hockey trials at Ashmoor Hockey Club, South Dartmoor Community College, Balland Lane, Ashburton, Devon TQ13 7EW on Tuesday 16 May at 6-7pm. Youngsters from every South West community have the opportunity to compete for their Devon district or the combined Cornwall team in over 20 sports, including able-bodied and disability disciplines for male and female competitors ranging from school year 3 to year 14.   FOR FURTHER INFORMATION visit www.southwestyouthgames.co.uk or tel: 01626 215611 or email: swyouthgames@gmail.com FOR IMAGES OR VIDEO DOWNLOAD HERE: www.ppauk.biz/dryg2016...

April 2017 1 posts

Jack Downey | | General Articles, Blogging
  The Southwest Youth Games 2017 Sports and ages are now available, please see below:   Ability Sports Team: School years 7 – 13 (Mixed Team) Badminton: School years 7,8,9 (Mixed Team) Cyclo Cross: School years 4&5 – 6&7 (Mixed Team) Dance: School years 3 – 13 (Mixed team) Girls Football: School years 7 & 8 (Girls team) Gymnastics: School years 3 & 4 (Mixed Team) High 5s Netball: School years 5 & 6 (Mixed Team) Hockey: School years 6,7,8 (1 Girls Team, 1 Boys Team) Indoor Athletics: School years 4,5,6 (Mixed Team) Kwik Cricket: School years 5 & 6 (Mixed Team) Mini Tennis Red: School years 3 & 4 (Mixed Team) Netball: School years 12 & 13 (Girls team) Rugby 7s: School years 9 & 10 (Girls team) Street Sports: School years 4 – 11 (Mixed Team) Scootering Skateboarding BMXing Triathlon: School years 7&8 – 9&10 (Mixed Team) Tag Rugby: School years 5 & 6 (Mixed Team)   Information regarding trials, volunteers and team managers will be available via district coordinators and via the website, Twitter and Facebook.   FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: www.southwestyouthgames.co.uk swyouthgames@gmail.co.uk Facebook: @SWYouthGames Twitter: @SWYouthGames...

March 2017 2 posts

Jack Downey | | General Articles, Blogging
  Scooter, Skateboard and BMX enthusiasts are being invited to take part in the South West Youth Games 2017 for the first time ever in the event’s history. Teams and individuals from all over Devon and Cornwall are set to revel in unique day of wheel-based action at the South West Youth Games Extreme Sports Jam at Mount Hawke Indoor Skatepark in Truro on 31st May. 2017 marks the first ever year where teams from Cornwall will join Devon teams in the newly expanded South West Youth Games (formerly Devon Youth Games). Now, it also marks the first ever occasion when a Youth Games competition will takes place on Cornish soil. Skateboard, Scooter and BMX Competitions for School years 3 – 11 will take place throughout the afternoon and the team scores will go towards the South West Youth Games finals, which take place in Okehampton on 9th July. Some areas will be hosting trials to select their teams, and others will simply invite individuals to express an interest in taking part. Manager of the Skate Warehouse, Will Harrison and Stuart Lord OCRA Manager and host to all 21 sports that make up the SW Games 2017.  “This is a great progression for wheeled sports in the Games and a fantastic opportunity for young people from Devon and Cornwall to enjoy this top extreme sports venue” Mount Hawke Manager, Ciaran Ryder said: "Mount Hawke Skatepark is delighted to be involved as a host venue for Skateborarding, BMX and Scooting for the SWYG.   “After a recent major 24,000 sq ft re-fit which has seen us be voted in the Top 3 UK Parks, we are looking forward to seeing some of the SW top riders compete against each other in what should be a memorable day. “For those travelling and wishing to extend their time in Cornwall, we have organised heavily discounted rates at a local campsite and hotel as well as heavily reduced rates into the Park and for our surf academy the following day" To be part of this incredible event, please r...

Jack Downey | | General Articles, Blogging
        England Deaf Ladies to play Devon Ladies at Newton Abbot Deaf Rugby Day   Newton Abbot RFC will welcome DEVON RFU and the England Deaf Ladies’ team to Rackerhayes later this month.   The international side will travel down to the South West to play Devon Ladies at Newton Abbot on Sunday, March 26, as part of a Deaf Rugby Awareness Day.   It is the second year running Devon RFU have held a Deaf Rugby Awareness Day, with Crediton hosting the event in 2016. That day saw the England Deaf men’s team play Ide Barbarians.   “We had a really successful day at Crediton last year,” said Devon community coach Wayne Reed, who is helping to organise the event. “And so we wanted to do it again, but we just wanted to change it a little bit and have the England Deaf Ladies’ team down instead of the men.”   The men’s international coach Sean Fletcher will be attendance and will help run a coaching session, along with Reed, in the morning for any players, of any age with any form of hearing loss.   “The session is for everybody – kids and adults,” said Reed.  “It is for anyone who has any form of hearing loss, impairments or are totally deaf. ”   The day will start at 10am with a deaf awareness discussion session, which is open for everybody. A signer will be in attendance and aspects surrounding deaf rugby, like coaching and opportunities will be talked about.   Then the outdoor coaching session will take place between 10.30-11.30am followed by lunch in the clubhouse. The match between England Deaf Ladies and Devon will kick-off at 1pm.   Devon have been leading the way with deaf rugby. A centre of excellence programme was launch in the county last year, which is linked to the Exeter Deaf Academy.   The county currently have four players – Reed, Newton Abbot’s Callum Gill, Devonp...

February 2017 2 posts

Ben Hugill | | General Articles, Blogging
NORTH DEVON AND TORRIDGE YOUNGSTERS GET SPORTING CHANCE North Devon and Torridge youngsters are being given the opportunity to take part in an Olympic style sports event featuring teams from across the region 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, including a joint North Devon and Torridge team, 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 to North Devon and Torridge 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...

Jack Downey | | General Articles, Blogging
      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 Sou...

July 2016 1 posts

Nikki Taylor | | General Articles, Blogging
South West Youngsters Shine at Youth Games Youngsters from across the South West performed superbly at the Devon South West Youth Games in Okehampton on Sunday 3 July. The South West’s biggest annual youth sports event saw over 1,300 youngsters from across the county, along with representative teams from Cornwall, take part in 20 competitions across 12 sports at Simmons Park, Okehampton West Devon were winners overall. They also won the fair play trophy to top off a very successful day for the hosts. South West Youth Games Chairman John Coates said: “Congratulations to West Devon and all the competitors on Sunday. There was some really keenly fought sport running throughout the day, brilliantly supported by an army of volunteers. “The Devon South West Youth Games might not quite be the Rio Olympics, which will take place in a few weeks’ time. But multi-sport events like ours that enable young people to enjoy sport in such a vibrant, fun and friendly environment can be just as powerful an inspiration. “It would be wonderful if any of Sunday’s competitors ever go on to compete in the Olympics and Paralmypics, but what’s more important is that hundreds of them go on to enjoy a lifetime of sport and all the healthy, wellbeing and social benefits it brings. “If the Devon South West Youth Games plays any role in encouraging young people to be more active, then we – and our invaluable supporters – are doing our job.” Team GB shooter Georgina Geikie and England Rugby World Cup winner Marlie Packer were special guests at the event, presenting medals and meeting hundreds of other participants. Georgina Geikie, double Commonwealth medallist, who was born in Okehampton said: “There was an incredible atmosphere at the Devon South West Youth Games. There were plenty of really talented young people on display and it was fantastic to see them enjoying sport in the right spirit. “It was a re...

April 2016 2 posts

Nikki Taylor | | General Articles, Blogging
  South West Youth Games in line for UK Award   One of the Westcountry’s biggest grass roots sporting events is in line for a major national award. Last year’s Devon South West Youth Games was rescued from almost certain demise and became a massive success with over 1,000 youngsters competing in the county’s own mini-Olympics. As one of the leading organisers of the Games, Teignbridge Council has been shortlisted in the 2016 MJ Local Government Awards, which recognises the very best in delivery of services in the community. Organisers will find out if they have been successful at the prestigious awards ceremony in London on 16 June. The news comes in the lead up to this year’s Devon South West Youth Games, which is expected to be the biggest ever in the event’s 17 year history.  Taking place in Okehampton on Sunday 3 July, the event will feature teams from Cornwall for the first time ever as it looks towards becoming the South West Peninsula Games by 2017. John Coates, Chairman of the South West Youth Games Trust travelled with fellow board member Nikki Taylor to London to champion the cause of the Games to the judging panel recently. He said: “Due to a lack of funding, there was a wide acceptance that the 2014 South West Youth Games were the last ever. “But following an incredible 2015 event and the rallying of councils, volunteers and Rotary in the South West, they were a massive success with 20 competitions, 1000 youngsters and a million memories created in one incredible day. “It is a little short of miraculous that we are now looking forward to this year’s Games with more optimism than ever before, particularly with the addition of teams from Cornwall. It is an incredible event that touches tens of thousands of people in every community. “We have been grateful of the support from sponsors and partners so far and welcome any more parties interested in becoming leading backers...

Nikki Taylor | | General Articles, Blogging
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...

March 2016 1 posts

Nikki Taylor | | General Articles, Blogging
  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:&n...

February 2016 1 posts

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The South West Youth Games has formed a new board of trustees to help oversee and plan for the future direction of the multi-sport event.   Chaired by former BBC Devon presenter John Coates, the board also includes Herald Express editor Jim Parker, former Team GB media manager Chris Broadbent, former University lecture Ian Roberts, Director of Sport & Assistant Principle of South Dartmoor Community College Steve Dinnie, Business Manager Paul Haigney, Rotarian Peter Bennett and Solicitor Marinella Hollies. Bringing an array of skills expertise and knowledge to the table, the board are striving forward with the organization of the Devon South West Youth Games 2016.   The Games were launched in 2000 have been a huge catalyst for inspiring sports participation and volunteering for thousands of young Devonians. The Games lost central Government funding and it was feared the 2014 Games would be the last ever.   But Teignbridge and Torbay Councils resolved to save the Games and with the support of Rotary, the 2015 event at Clennon Valley was a huge success. With the continued backing of Rotary into 2016 and a new board to steer the Games, the future is looking brighter than ever for the Jon Coates said: “Sport has the power to change lives. That’s just as true for events like the Devon South West Youth Games as it is for the Olympic or Paralympic Games. We are thrilled with the way the board of real talents has been drawn together and with the superb backing of Rotary and an exciting venue, we are sure that this will be a really momentous year for the Games.” ...

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