Guildford celebrates sporting success

Team Guildford and individuals across the borough triumphed again at the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 2018 over the weekend. Now in its 22nd year, the annual event saw 230 local young people taking part, demonstrating their passion for sport and great sportsmanship throughout the free training sessions and the final competition days.

Mayor and kids Surrey youth games
Cllr Iseult Roche, Lead Cllr for Community Health, Wellbeing and Project Aspire, says: "It's wonderful to see our young people doing so well at the Surrey Youth Games. Staying active and healthy is so important throughout life, and it's great to see so many young people getting involved.


"The Games are the first opportunity for some of the young people to try a different sport, receive professional coaching and enter into a county wide competition. For example, this year was the first year we were able to enter a mixed boxing team.

Boxing
"The success of the Surrey Youth Games demonstrates the commitment and skills of the coaches, volunteers and local sports clubs who support young people and provide the 6-8 weeks of free coaching to help them achieve in their chosen sports. This year we had 11 new coaches. The Games provide the perfect opportunity to recognise Guildford's vibrant sporting community and celebrate their achievements together."


She adds: "The huge support of parents and guardians also contribute to the success of the event each year through their ongoing commitment to getting young people to their training each week and their enthusiasm and encouragement in cheering them on at the events. Each year the Games serve to spark a sporting interest in many young people which they can continue to develop by joining local clubs and activities."

Hockey action
Team Guildford's results were impressive, and this year's games proved to be particularly successful for:

  • Under 16s mixed contact boxing silver
  • Under 9s girls football silver
  • Under16s non-contact mixed boxing bronze
  • Under 11s touch rugby girls bronze
  • Under 8's mixed tennis bronze
  • Under 11s girls football joint team with Runnymede 4th

Rugby
Individual medals:

  • Under 13s Judo girls, Felicity Turner gold (category 6)

Highlights of the free training sessions:

  • First year a mixed Boxing Team were entered thanks to support from Guildford Boxing Club
  • Gosden House School and Pond Meadow School were the first schools to work together to deliver Boccia sessions
  • Our Squash team manager this year started playing squash at the age of 12 at the Surrey Youth Games
  • First year tennis sessions were held at Ash Tennis Club helping us reach some children who are not able to attend sessions normally due to transport barriers

Published on Thursday 26 June.