Young people from across the Borough proved themselves to be sporting superstars during the weekend (15 and 16 June), as Team Woking picked up three medals at this year’s Specsavers Surrey Youth Games.
All 11 Surrey boroughs and districts participated in the major county-wide sporting extravaganza, which took place at Surrey Sports Park. Over 120 children, aged between 6 and 16 years old, represented Woking across the weekend in 12 different sports including badminton, boccia, boxing, running, football, hockey, judo, lacrosse, netball, table tennis, squash and tennis.
For many of the competitors, the event was their first experience of competitive sport on such a grand scale, and their chance to try a new sport or improve their skills. Team Woking rose to the challenge to scoop two silver and one bronze medal.
The final Woking medals’ table was as follows.
- Silver – Hi-five netball, non-contact boxing.
- Bronze – Boccia (U18).
Cllr Colin Kemp, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Cultural Services, said: “It is fantastic to see Team Woking bring home three medals in this major county-wide sporting event. I would like to congratulate the winners and everyone who took part.
“The games aim to provide young people across Surrey with opportunities to get involved in a wide range of sports which helps encourage young people to be more active which includes a range of accessible and inclusive opportunities. During the build up to the games, over 300 local young people took part in free training sessions and I hope that many of them continue to enjoy participating in their newly-chosen sport.
“I attended the games on Sunday and it was great to see such a large group of young people from all ages and abilities taking part and although the individual coloured Borough and District shirts added an element of team rivalry there was a great atmosphere between all the young participants and their parents and guardians.
“I would like to thank the staff and coaches who gave up their time both during training and the competition, I would also like to thank the parents for their support helping to make the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games such a success.”
Team Woking is very grateful to sponsors Freedom Leisure, Headline Design and Print, Orange Promotions and Arriva 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.
If this has sparked your enthusiasm for next year’s Specsavers Surrey Youth Games, organised by Active Surrey, register your interest by contacting Emma-Louise Webb, Woking Borough Council’s Sports Development Officer, on 01483 743804 or email firstname.lastname@example.org