Plans are well advanced for this year’s Specsavers Youth Games despite delays to the application process caused by the latest lockdown.
The Youth Games offers all primary school children in Years 5 and 6 the opportunity try a new sport, attend a number of free training sessions and compete, representing the district in which they live, on Games Day on Saturday 22 May.
‘We have extended the deadline for children to submit their applications until Friday 12th March,’ said Jenny Murphy, the Sports Commission’s Youth Games Coordinator.
‘We know it’s been difficult with children at home and parents overwhelmed with information from school to get the message across about the Youth Games, but now pupils are back at school Sports Commission staff will be making sure every child has a booklet and has the opportunity to take part in this fantastic event.’
This year is the ninth time the Youth Games has taken place and pupils can chose from a record number of 20 different sports including new sports of climbing and lacrosse.
‘Children should select a sport that is new to them and also check the dates and times for the training sessions to make sure they are able to attend,’ said Jenny.
‘Once we have all the applications in we will begin the process of allocating sports and will hopefully let children know which sport they will be doing by the end of the month.
‘Training won’t be able to begin until the island moves to Recovery Stage 3 but hopefully that will be soon enough to ensure that everyone gets the opportunity to learn the skills and tactics of their allocated sport ahead of Games Day.
‘We are delighted to have so much support from such a wide range of local sporting organisations and would like to send our thanks to Specsavers for once again sponsoring this event.
‘We don’t want any Year 5s or 6s to miss out so make sure your get your application forms in by Friday.’
Further information about the Specsavers Youth Games is available at https://guernseysports.com/programmes/youth-games-2021/