Keeping kids active this summer
The 24th Specsavers Surrey Youth Games saw hundreds of young people from every corner of Surrey come together to take part in one of seven different activities at the Surrey Sports Park, Guildford GU2 7AD on 18 June, all for free.
Most of the 6 to 16 year olds displaying new-found skills to their families don't often get the chance to take part in organised sport outside school, and all of them were beginners. Prior to the Games they received free training from their local borough or district council, who also offered help getting to the event.
After almost three years absence thanks to COVID old favourites like girls' football, judo and tennis made a welcome return, but some of the new activities like dance and street basketball proved very popular, alongside a water confidence event for non-swimmers and GoTri (a mini triathlon for teens).
It's the taking part that counts
Winning at all costs has never been part of the Games' ethos, taking part and respect for opponents is prioritised. However, it must be celebrated that Elmbridge narrowly secured the 'Spirit of the Games' award for their teamwork and sporting behaviour.
One parent from judo commented: "It's great to have a sports activity that takes place outside of school, as it's a good opportunity for our son to meet new people and make friends. Dan* has now joined a regular judo class at the same place where he had his introductory lessons, and we hope he continues to develop in the sport and enjoy it".
Thanking sponsors and volunteers for their involvement, Elizabeth Duggan, the Managing Director of Active Surrey who organised the Games summarised its legacy: "For more than 20 years this event has been a force for good in Surrey, reaching over 70,000 children, but it feels like there's never been a bigger need to help young people build a love of activity that will stay with them for life."
For more information on the Surrey Youth Games visit the Active Surrey web page.
*Not real name
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