Team Woking take silver at Surrey Youth Games

23 June 2014

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Young athletes from across Woking Borough proved themselves to be sporting superstars last weekend (21 and 22 June), when they came overall second at this year's P&G Surrey Youth Games, walking away with a clutch of medals and scoring some great team performances.

Eleven Surrey boroughs and over 2,000 children took part in the county-wide sporting spectacle, which took place at the fantastic facilities of the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. Approximately 220 children, aged 7 to 16 years, represented Woking across the weekend in 14 different sports including badminton, basketball, boccia, boxing, cricket, football, hockey, judo, netball, tag rugby, squash, swimming, table tennis and tennis.

For many of the competitors, the event was their first experience of competitive sport on such a grand scale. Team Woking rose to the challenge to scoop 6 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals and the local competitors also achieved some other fantastic results across the weekend in other sports. All of these excellent results meant Woking finished a close second in the overall medal table, just two points behind overall winners Reigate and Banstead. The final Woking medals' table was as follows:

  • Gold - Junior Boccia, Boxing, U9 Girls Football, High 5 Netball, Junior Netball, Swimming

  • Silver - Non-contact Boxing

  • Bronze - Junior Badminton, Boys Basketball.

Both High 5 and Junior netball teams went the whole weekend unbeaten to run out resounding gold medal winners after some impressive scoring in the finals. The Woking Swimming Team also had another successful year in the pool claiming a gold medal for the fifth year running and clocking up some excellent personal bests for the team. The Junior Boccia team came out on top in a closely fought final against Elmbridge to win the gold for the first time in Woking's SYG Boccia history. There were also outstanding performances from the Non-Contact Boxing Team who fought their way to team gold.

Cllr David Bittleston, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Cultural Services, said: "On behalf of everyone at the Council, I would like to congratulate Team Woking on their superb second place at this year's P&G Surrey Youth Games. Over 450 children took part in free coaching sessions in the build up to the Games and many children would have had their first taste of competition last weekend. I hope they are all proud of their achievements, and will continue to enjoy sport, going on to join one of our many local clubs to continue their development.

"Special thanks must go to staff and coaches who gave up their time in the build up to and during, the competition, helping to make the Games such a success."

The Woking team is very grateful to their sponsors, Headline Design and Print and Orange Promotions for their support in preparing the young performers for the Games. Thanks to their kind sponsorship, Woking Borough Council was able to offer young people free coaching and the opportunity to try a new sport.

All of the Woking competitors, across all fourteen sports, have spent weeks training for free with qualified and experienced coaches, in order to learn the skills and tactics needed to compete.

For more information about joining a team for next year or to find a local sports club, please contact Matt Glazier, Woking Borough Council's Sports Development Officer, on 01483 743804 or email matthew.glazier@woking.gov.uk