Surrey Heath’s youngsters put in a stellar performance at the P&G Surrey Youth Games this weekend to win eight sets of medals and finish fifth in the overall standings, improving on last year’s position of eighth.
Surrey Heath comprised 22 teams competing in 14 different sports against the ten other boroughs and districts of Surrey. For many of the young people involved, this was their first experience of playing sport at a competitive level outside of school.
The Judo team brought home gold in no less than three of the four available competitions. There were also silver medals in Boxing and Boys’ Hockey, with bronze medals achieved in both Tennis and Touch Tennis.
A highlight of the weekend came courtesy of Boccia, an inclusive sport aimed at players with physical impairments and/or learning difficulties. 2015 represented Surrey Heath’s first ever entry into the event, and a hotly contested final resulted in an unexpected but much deserved silver medal.
The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Joanne Potter visited the games. She said: “Well done to the Surrey Heath squad for two days of outstanding sport. Putting their coaching into action, the youngsters were full of enthusiasm and achieved some superb results.”
The Surrey Youth Games aim to encourage young people to develop their sporting skills, promote physical activity and encourage fair play in sport. More than 280 local young people enjoyed free coaching during the past two months in preparation and it’s hoped that many will make the step and join a local club.
Participation in the Youth Games is only possible thanks to the hard of work of volunteers and parents from local clubs and organisations*.
Publicity Plus was again the proud sponsor of the Surrey Heath squad.
All of those who took part over the weekend will be invited to receive a commemorative medal at the Surrey Heath Sports Awards in October. The awards recognise sportspeople, teams, clubs, coaches and volunteers for their achievements. Nominations are open to the public, with details available from www.surreyheath.gov.uk/sportsawards.
*Clubs and organisations include Lightwater Juniors, Swifts, Streets Heath, Surrey Rams, R-U Able 2, Turners Boxing Academy, Camberley Cricket Club, Camberley Town Youth Football, Camberley & Farnborough Hockey Club, Camberley Judo Club, Surrey Heath Netball Club, Camberley Tennis Club, the Arena Leisure Centre, and Publicity Plus who once again were the sponsor of the Surrey Heath squad.