Team Woking triumph again at Specsavers Surrey Youth Games

19 June 2017

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Young athletes from across the Borough proved themselves to be sporting superstars during the weekend (17 and 18 June), as Team Woking were crowned Specsavers Surrey Youth Games champions for a second year in a row.

Eleven Surrey boroughs and over 2,000 children took part in the county-wide sporting spectacle, which took place at the fantastic Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. Over 250 children, aged 7 to 16 years old, represented Woking across the weekend in 15 different sports including badminton, boccia, boxing, cricket, football, hockey, judo, lacrosse, netball, touch rugby, squash, swimming, table tennis, touch 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 seven gold, six silver and two bronze medals, as well as excellent results in other sports across the weekend.

All of these fantastic results meant Woking retained the overall Borough Trophy, beating all other competition to the title. The final Woking medals’ table was as follows:

  • Gold - girls cricket, girls hockey, junior boccia, non-contact boxing, senior girls judo, senior squash and swimming
  • Silver – contact boxing, junior badminton, junior netball, girls junior rugby, senior boccia and girls senior rugby

  • Bronze – girls cricket and junior boccia.

Team Woking had a particularly successful weekend across a wide range of sports. Highlights from the weekend included:

  • Senior squash team won a closely fought final against Epsom and Ewell which went to the final point.
  • Swimming team had another successful year in the pool claiming gold for the ninth successive year.
  • Girls cricket team retained their title from 2016 without losing a single game.
  • Girls hockey team took gold in the most dramatic of fashions, equalising with the last play of the game to take the match into penalty flicks, where Team Woking came out on top.
  • Outstanding performances from Woking’s three bocce teams, who all came away with a medal.

Cllr Mark Pengelly, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Cultural Services, said: “This is an absolutely brilliant achievement! On behalf of everyone at the Council, I would like to congratulate Team Woking on their superb performances.

“Over 550 children took part in free coaching sessions during the build up to the Games and many children would have had their first taste of competition over the 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.”

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

For more information about the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games, please contact Matt Glazier, Woking Borough Council’s Sports Development Officer, on 01483 743804 or email matthew.glazier@woking.gov.uk