Young Sports Stars Shine for Team Mole Valley
Team Mole Valley's young sports stars shone at this year's Specsavers Surrey Youth Games, held on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June 2019 at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. Competing on either an individual basis or as part of a team, participants represented their district with pride, whilst having a fun and keeping active.
Competing at the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games weekend represented the culmination of almost two months' free sport coaching sessions. Not everyone who took part in the training - which saw a 14% increase in attendance on 2018 - could be selected to go on to the Games weekend, but everyone who took part during any stage of a process that started in April has experienced wide ranging physical and social benefits.
Over 350 boys and girls from 33 schools across the district and surrounding areas aged 6 to 16 years old took advantage of the opportunity to get involved in the coaching sessions. At the end of this period, 135 local pupils were selected to represent Team Mole Valley at the Games; a 16% increase on last year.
Over the weekend, members of Team Mole Valley relished the experience of competitive teamwork and showcasing their talents against participants from the ten other districts and boroughs. The largest annual multi-sport event in Surrey saw around 1300 young people take part this year. Team Mole Valley did themselves and the district proud, culminating in finishing fourth in the Fair Play Award nominations and winning a number of medals:
• Badminton (9-11yrs) - Bronze
• Boccia* (7-18yrs) - Bronze
• Table Tennis (12-15yrs) - Bronze
• Tennis (7-8yrs) - Bronze
• Judo (8-12yrs) - 3x Gold, 3x Silver and 8x Bronze
Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Leader of MVDC, said: "To see so many young people take part and enjoy themselves during the entire process, from the training sessions all the way through to the Games itself, is extremely rewarding. I am very hopeful that, given their experience, many of these young people will continue to play their chosen sport, and develop an enthusiasm to try others.
"The Games is so important in helping to promote inclusivity and a healthy and active lifestyle. The introduction of the 'Couch to 2k' has been inspirational in encouraging those who do not play sport to get active. Everyone who took part in the coaching sessions, and those lucky enough to compete at the weekend, should be very proud of their involvement in this wonderful event."
For full results, see Active Surrey's website www.activesurrey.com/SYG/rules-results.
For the latest sporting opportunities and initiatives in Mole Valley, visit www.molevalley.gov.uk/sport.
*Boccia is a seated sport similar to bowls and is aimed at players who have a physical and/or learning disability