South West Youth Games is a charity dedicated to creating a happier and healthier South West. We bringing more young people from across the region into regular physical activity and community sport. We host a series of free events to young people aged 8-18 including competitions and physical activities to engage with young people from every Devon and Cornwall community with deliberate outcomes to make a long-term difference.
Every year the South West Rotary Youth Games gives more than a thousand participants the chance to be part of something special. The region’s largest sporting event gives young people the chance to come together in the spirit of competition, fair play and friendship.Combining a fun event with healthy competition, the South West Youth Games inspires children and young people to take up regular sporting activities, which can help them lead healthier lives.
Introduced as part of the Millennium Games in 1999, where every county created a Youth Games of their own, in the South West it has been going for 18 years. The South West Youth Games is now the largest community sports event for children and young people in Devon and Cornwall, offering over 20 sporting competitions on one day.
The Games gives children the chance to experience a day of excitement which introduces them to a sport or activity at a level under County standard and involves a number of targeted groups that do not usually get the opportunity to take part in events similar to this.
Year upon year the games have made an impression on us all, whether you are a volunteer, a parent, a participant or an official, the excitement and pride that representing your District can bring is extraordinary and is often one of the first large sporting events that a child takes part in, learning values such as fair play, friendship, teamwork, discipline and respect.
Having avoided cuts for a number of years, it was announced in 2014 that lottery funding would be stopped, with many believing the 2014 South West Youth Games to be the last. However, despite many setbacks the 2015 South West Youth Games were a fantastic success. Now, a new board of trustees has been set up to take the Games into a new era. Having avoided cuts and seeing first hand just what a huge impact this initiative makes to local young people, the new board has made the Games possible through the use of local sponsors, such as the headline sponsor, South West Rotary Clubs.
Within 12 months, the Games had gone from being cut to being re-vamped, re-energised and re-invented. The number of participants had doubled from 2014 with over 2000 children taking part in the journey of the Games, through trials, selection and event attendance. The number of disability sports participants also increased, with over 150 for the first time in the events history, as well as a significant increase in the number of teams, volunteers, officials and young leaders.
The success story does not stop there. Hard work and collaboration shown proves that anything can be possible and the new South West Youth Games will inspire generations.
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