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Youth Games hopes to inspire children to try new sports

Youth Games hopes to inspire children to try new sports

Monday 26 October 2020

Youth Games hopes to inspire children to try new sports

Monday 26 October 2020

Planning is underway for the ninth Specsavers Youth Games, which is expected to take place in 2021.

2019's event was one of the most successful to date, with more than 550 children taking part. Dame Mary Perkins, Specsavers' co-founder, hoped the event would inspire a new generation of athletes after the postponement of the 2021 Island Games.

"We are delighted to be able to continue our support of the Specsavers Youth Games," she said. "The atmosphere at the games is always electric, and the smiles on the children's faces remind me what this event is all about: encouraging and nurturing sport among our young people in Guernsey, building their confidence, having fun and giving them a chance to make new friends."

The games are open to any child in years 5 or 6, and participants represent the district in which they live. Information will be sent out to all schools early in the New Year, including the sports on offer and the training available ahead of the Games.

"The Youth Games are a great way for children to try a new sport, build up skills and understanding through dedicated coaching sessions, and then put these to the test," said Jenny Murphy, Sports Development Officer for the Guernsey Sports Commission, who co-host the event.

"It's fantastic that we can host the event again next year and we are hugely grateful for all the support provided by Specsavers in ensuring another great day of competition and fun.

"We are hoping to have more sports than ever before, and there really will be something for everyone."

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