Specsavers Youth Games training sessions are starting with hundreds of children from across the island’s primary schools getting their first taste of their allocated sports.
With 20 different sports taking part this year, the 2021 event is set to be bigger and better than ever before.
‘Without the support of the individual sports and all their coaches and volunteers we could not provide such a fantastic opportunity to the children,’ said Youth Games coordinator Jenny Murphy.
‘The aim of the Youth Games is to promote the value of sport with the emphasis on fun and fair play. The children get the opportunity to try a new sport, learn as much as possible about the sport at the coaching sessions and then take part in a final competition on Games Day on 22nd May.
‘Nine sports have already started their training sessions, with another two starting tonight and more at the weekend.
‘It’s great to see the young people really enjoying their first experiences of their new sport and it’s helped that we’ve had such fantastic weather,’ said Jenny.
‘With more than 700 children from school Years 5 and 6 taking part, it’s been a huge logistical challenge to get everything up and running, especially with the delays caused by the recent lockdown.
‘If any children are unable to attend any of the scheduled training sessions we would ask that parents contact the sports coach to let them know.
‘We would like to thank our amazing sponsors Specsavers for everything they do to make sure the Youth Games goes ahead. We are all really looking forward to Games Day on Saturday 22nd May which promises to be a real celebration of sport.’