The Planet Earth Games is a new concept set to be launched in 2019 building on a rich heritage of community youth sport stretching back 20 years. The Devon Youth Games was launched in 1999 bringing together district teams representing local authorities from across the county in a multi-sport competition.
Similar county-wide events were held across England in 1999, many have since fallen away in the intervening years, but Devon's not only survived, but thrived. In 2016, the event broadened into the South West Youth Games to include Cornwall teams and competitors.
By 2018, the Games had grown beyond one multi-sport finals into five region-wide events – the biggest programme in the Games’ history. With 3819 participants, including 38% not members of clubs - almost 1000 of those young people went on to join their a local club after the Games, confirming the Games as a catalyst for community activity.
Looking ahead, the Games is widening its remit to the environment through the Planet Earth Games, not only helping engage more young people into regular activity, but educating young people and their families on best environmental practice to set a pathway to a sustainable future.
1999 – Devon Youth Games launched
2005 - Olympic equestrian medallist Mary King attends the Games
2014 – Loss of Lottery funding, the Devon Youth Games are under threat
2015 – Rotary support helps revive the Games
2016 – South West Youth Games Trust created as a charity responsible for delivering the Games
2017 – The Street Sports programme launched with finals taking place at Mount Hawke, near Truro
2017 – The Trust employs its first ever Chief Executive, Chris Broadbent
2018 – Skipathon launched
2018 – The Games are opened to independent teams and individuals to enter the Games outside of the area/local authority model via online entry
2019 - Planet Earth Games launching
|YEAR||OVERALL WINNER||FAIR PLAY WINNER|
|1999||not awarded||North Devon|
|2000||not awarded||Exeter & Teignbridge|
|2004||Plymouth||North Devon||North Devon|
|2010||West Devon||North Devon||West Devon|
|2012||Mid Devon||Exeter & East Devon||West Devon|
|2013||Teignbridge||Exeter & East Devon||Torbay|
|2017||West Devon||West Devon||Okehampton|