The Specsavers Surrey Youth Games will take place at Surrey Sports Park, Guildford, this weekend (June 17-18).
Around 2,000 young competitors will take part, following extensive training and preparation at sessions organised by Active Surrey.
A record number of children registered for the 2017 event with more than 4,200 training places taken up.
In 2016, 80 per cent of the children taking part who were not members of a club in their chosen sport either joined or were planning to join one after the competition. Every year new coaches, officials and volunteers get involved and add to the existing local sporting infrastructure, and new community teams are created.
Linda Cairns, senior sport projects officer from Active Surrey, said: “Getting into sport early is particularly important for girls, who traditionally have a lower participation rate in sport compared to boys – something that Women’s Sport Week will aim to highlight, which kicks off the day after the Games. Fifteen new girls’ football teams were created across Surrey as a result of the 2016 Games, and there are several other female-only events over the weekend including cricket and touch rugby. The event ticks all the right boxes and we can’t wait to get the Games started.”
In the games there will be 15 sports in an Olympic-style format for competitors aged seven to 16. Sports range from squash to swimming, and badminton to boccia - an inclusive sport which possesses similarities to bowls. Any parent wishing to keep an eye on the results – or even volunteer to help as part of the current National Volunteer Week – should visit www.activesurrey.com/SYG.