Youth Games 2017 Inspires Children to Try a New Sport

12th June 2017

Saturday 10th June saw over 600 children from Year 5 and 6 descend on Footes Lane for the closing ceremony of the Specsavers Youth Games 2017.

It was culmination of children competing for one of 6 districts – Castel, Vale, St Peter Port, St Sampsons, West and South East over 6 weeks leading up to the games in 16 different sports. 2017 saw children given the opportunity to try either Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Fencing, Football, Gaelic Football, Hockey, Netball, Sailing, Volleyball, Squash, Table Tennis, Water Polo, Triathlon or Rugby.

During the closing ceremony around the Footes Lane track, children were lead by their district deputy and the many volunteers that had given up their time to contribute to the success of this year’s Youth Games. West was then announced as the winning district, while South East won the Fair Play award for good sportsmanship. Trophies were presented by Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins. She shared with the hundreds of parents, carers and supporters that the Youth Games once again provided children with an amazing opportunity to try a new sport. ‘It is absolutely brilliant, you are all winners,’ she said.

Feedback on social media highlighted the success of the Youth Games with many praising the event as a great opportunity to try something new. ‘Amazing event! Jacob did water polo and loved it. They all played really well today and have developed so much in such a short space of time. Well done to all involved and thank you for giving our children the opportunity to try a new sport,’ said a parent.

Andrea Lord, the Youth Games co-ordinator paid thank to the sponsors Specsavers, the coaches and volunteers. ‘We would like a say a huge thank you so much to all the coaches, volunteers and helpers at today’s Specsavers Guernsey Youth Games 2017! Without all your help and the amazing continued sponsorship from Specsavers today wouldn’t have been possible,’ Andrea said.

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