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Slam Dunk for Team Guildford's Young Ambassador's evening - Specsavers Surrey Youth Games

On Thursday 6 February, players from the Surrey Scorchers, Deputy Mayor Marsha Moseley, and 40 young people nominated to be Specsavers Surrey Youth Games Young Ambassadors, came together to celebrate a programme of free sessions aimed at giving young people the chance to try a variety of sports and physical activities in Guildford.

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The Young Ambassadors, who either represented Team Guildford in the 2019 Games or were selected by their school, learnt about their new role. Young Ambassadors speak in their school assemblies and encourage other pupils to sign up and take part in the free, fun, beginner Specsavers Surrey Youth Games taster sessions that are on offer in Guildford.

The Specsavers Surrey Youth Games is the largest annual youth sporting festival in Surrey, now in its 23rd year. The target audience for the 2020 taster sessions and Games weekend is complete beginners. The aim is to give children and young people the opportunity to try a new sporting activity in a friendly beginners' environment. The sessions are not open to club players already participating.

Young people aged between 6 and 16 (*18 for boccia and cage cricket) who go to school in, or live in Guildford, can sign up to take part in six weeks of free taster sessions in a wide range of sporting activities for both boys and girls. There is something for everyone!

We have worked with local sports clubs and coaches to provide these free, fun and inclusive taster sessions. Registration for the six weeks of free beginner activities opens on Monday 17 February, with the sessions starting just after the Easter holidays. Over 2,000 young people attend the Games weekend in June, bringing together participants from across the county, to play, be part of a team and participate on a level playing field with other beginners.

Cllr James Steel, Lead Councillor for Tourism, Leisure, and Sport says: "We are looking forward to seeing so many young people actively taking part in our free, fun and inclusive local taster sessions in the lead up to the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games weekend on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June. We hope everyone who takes part really enjoys themselves.

"Participating in a new sporting activity is a great opportunity for young people to develop sporting skills and gain confidence whilst having fun and making friends. Guildford is becoming a hub for sporting development and has many top-class facilities including the Surrey Sports Park, the Kings College 3G football pitch, Spectrum, Guildford Cricket Pavilion and more."

Published on Monday 10 February.